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Gainesville chase case moves on to Superior Court
Man charged with taking grandmother's car, fleeing from police Feb. 29
Joshua Tolbert

A case involving a man allegedly taking his grandmother’s car moved on to Superior Court on Friday following testimony in Magistrate Court.

Joshua Tolbert 26, faced accusations in court of allegedly stealing a Toyota Rav4 SUV and eluding police Feb. 29. He was charged by Georgia State Patrol, Gainesville Police and the Hall County Sheriff’s Office.

Gainesville Police Sgt. Dallas Bright said authorities received a “be on the lookout” notice from Hall County 911 regarding a stolen car that was shown to have belonged to Tolbert’s grandmother.

Bright testified he encountered Tolbert on Green Street, where he was “erratically driving.”

A Hall County Sheriff’s Office deputy testified that Tolbert’s grandmother reported her keys taken from her residence. The deputy testified of Tolbert allegedly dumping her purse in the driveway.

The car overturned around the 4500 block of Thompson Bridge Road after striking a fence, according to authorities.

State Patrol Cpl. A.J. Allen said Tolbert had suffered lacerations to his head and suspected him of driving under the influence of drugs.

“His whole body was in constant movement,” Allen said.

Allen said Tolbert began talking to the clock during his conversation.

Tolbert’s attorney Chris Van Rossem argued before Magistrate Court Judge Margaret Gregory that there was not enough evidence to bind over a charge of robbery by intimidation.

Tolbert faced other charges related to fleeing and eluding, reckless driving, failure to maintain lane and other traffic-related offenses.

Gregory bound over all charges to Superior Court except for the robbery count.

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