Alleged home break-in thief led Habersham County deputies on a high speed chase

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PRESS RELEASE – A North Georgia man is behind bars after a brief chase Sunday [Nov. 12] and faces charges in numerous entering auto and burglary cases.

Joshua Adam Doster, 46, is from Habersham County though his identification lists him as a resident of Cumming, said Habersham County Sheriff’s Investigator George Cason.

Doster was arrested after a vehicle pursuit from Cornelia into Banks County.

“On Nov. 12, at approximately 9:39 a.m., officers with Cornelia Police Department responded to a possible burglary at 706 Skyland Drive,” said Cornelia Police Chief Jonathan Roberts. “The suspect, identified as Doster, had was seen from a video trying to make entry into the residence by the homeowners.”

When Cornelia officers conducted a traffic stop on Doster’s truck as he was leaving the area, Doster failed to stop.

“Doster fled the scene driving in a reckless manner through side roads within the city limits leading several law enforcement agencies on a high-speed chase into Banks County,” Roberts said.

Cason explained what happened next.

“It ended up down here on Wofford Creek Road off 441, where a PIT Maneuver was initiated by Alto Police Department at the request of the county after we took it over,” Cason said.

Following the PIT Maneuver, Doster’s truck overturned and came to rest on its wheels.

No one was injured and there was no damage to the Alto Police Department unit.

Georgia State Patrol Post 6 Gainesville is investigating the wreck since it occurred in Banks County.

“It was a perfect PIT, so there was no damage sustained to the Alto car,” Cason said. “There was no contact made by our [HCSO] cars.”

Cornelia Police Department and the Habersham County Sheriff’s Office are investigating several incidents that possibly involve Doster.

“Mr. Doster earlier in the day is alleged to have broken into another home off of Foster Street while the resident was home,” Roberts said. “Items from the residence are currently missing.“

A short distance from Foster Street, deputies investigated multiple entering auto cases Sunday morning on South Quail Trail off Old Cleveland Road.

“I found stuff that flew out of the truck when it was rolling down the road that actually belonged to our first victim on South Quail Trail,” Cason said. “We also found a quantity of suspected marijuana. There were multiple different drug-related objects such as syringes, cap syringes, stuff like that, that were strewn out of the truck while it was rolling down the road.”

So far, the Habersham County Sheriff’s Office has charged Doster with second-degree burglary, six counts of entering auto, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug-related objects.

A list of Cornelia charges will be forthcoming.

In addition to the Habersham County Sheriff’s Office, Cornelia and Alto police departments, Baldwin Police Department and Banks County Sheriff’s Office also were involved.

“I’m grateful for our law enforcement community that always comes together in the time of need,” Roberts said.

No additional details of the reported incidents can be released at this time due to the ongoing investigations.

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