Walton County, Florida (WDHN)—A man from Lebanon, Tennessee is in police custody in Florida.
Joshua James Cornelius, 40, was arrested in Okaloosa County on the night of Wednesday, Dec. 7 after being stopped by the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Department on an untagged motorcycle, according to a Walton County Sheriff’s Office press release. I was.
He was charged with possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia and was released Thursday morning on signed bail.
Around 9 p.m. that same day, Cornelius kicked in the door of a store on Santa Rosa Beach and stole U Hall, according to police.
Local councilors tried to stop Cornelius on Highway 98 in Inlet Beach, but Cornelius refused to cooperate and fled the roadblock, according to a press release.
The chase began on Highway 98 and continued on 331 South to Highway 90 in Defuniak Springs.
HCSO agents joined the chase near Ponce de Leon shortly before the U-Hole crashed into a wooded area near Highway 81, according to the Holmes County Sheriff’s Office.
After abandoning and running the crashed U-hole in the woods, Cornelius was pursued by members of the HCSO, the Walton Correctional K-9 Team, and the Florida Highway Patrol, according to police.
Cornelius was arrested and transferred to Holmes County Jail.
When he was arrested, he was wearing a Tennessee Bondman ankle monitor.
After an investigation, police say they found the same motorcycle he was stopped in the back of the U-Haul.
Cornelius is a suspect in multiple robberies in Walton County starting December 5th.
Cornelius could face multiple charges, including Grand Theft, Robbery, Escape and Flee, and Grand Theft Auto.
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