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Man arrested after 2-hour chase, search

POSTED: February 18, 2014 11:56 p.m.

A Hall County man was in jail Tuesday night after allegedly leading Hall County deputies on an extended car chase and foot search that lasted two hours and ended under an abandoned house.

Joseph Oliver, 25, is facing multiple charges after sheriff’s Sgt. Joe Groover spotted a possible stolen car on Dawsonville Highway at 4:58 p.m. Groover, other deputies and the Georgia State Patrol chased the fleeing car from the area of Home Depot west on Dawsonville Highway, to Sardis Road, then Chestatee Road and eventually to Leach Road, said sheriff’s Lt. Brian Pearson. The man bailed out down a small road off Leach Road, Pearson said, where officers set up a perimeter and called in their dogs.

Deputies had just been called off the chase by a superior officer when they were flagged down by someone who had seen the car turn off Leach Road onto a bumpy drive. Groover found the abandoned car at the end of the drive, Pearson said.

A department bloodhound named Gus led his handler to an abandoned farmhouse across from 4630 Will Robinson Road where a Belgian Malinoix named Katie got Oliver out from under a basement crawl space, Pearson said.

Oliver has seven outstanding warrants from January, sheriff’s spokeswoman Deputy Nicole Bailes said in an email, “mostly traffic related offenses and a state probation warrant.” Other charges against Oliver in Tuesday’s arrest are pending, Bailes said.


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