FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE…
Thursday, February 25, 2021
Report of Aggravated Assault, Auto Theft, Leads to Pursuit, Crash, and Arrest
Sheriff Mitch Ralston Reports:
At about 3 p.m. Tuesday afternoon (February 23) deputy sheriffs were dispatched to a private residence on Circle Drive in response to a report of an aggravated assault and auto theft. After interviewing the complainant and witnesses, deputies subsequently saw the stolen vehicle in at a service station in Nickelsville. When the deputies attempted to stop the car, the driver sped away at a high rate of speed and a pursuit ensued. Deputies were joined in the chase by state troopers. The pursuit led officers into Calhoun, where Calhoun Police deployed ‘stop sticks’. The chase ended on Red Bud Road after a trooper forced the car from the roadway. The suspect rammed a State Patrol car, but was then quickly captured by the officers on the scene. The weapon believed to have been used in the assault was recovered from within the stolen car. The suspect, subsequently identified as Joshua Michael Cummings, age 31, of Calhoun, has been charged with Motor Vehicle Hijacking, Aggravated Assault (multiple counts), and an assortment of firearms related, drug related, and traffic related charges. He remains in the county jail pending judicial proceedings.
Sheriff Ralston thanked our colleagues from the State Patrol and Calhoun Police for all their assistance in capturing this dangerous individual.