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Wild chase ends with 1 arrest, 20 charges

A Union City man is facing more than 20 charges after leading Fayette County deputies on an April 6 chase that began on Rockaway Road near Peachtree City and ended on Ga. Highway 85 in Fayetteville.

Fayette County Sheriff Barry Babb said the April 6 incident began at approximately 7 a.m. when a Fayette County Sheriff’s deputy observed a Senoia Police Officer attempting to stop a Chevrolet pickup truck on Rockaway Road in southern Fayette County. The deputy was able to determine that the truck was stolen and was fleeing the Senoia officer, said Babb.

Babb said the deputy turned on his lights and siren and began to pursue the offender as they entered Fayette County. The driver, later identified as 25-year-old Joshua Robinson, led deputies on a pursuit through Fayette County toward Clayton County, Babb said.

“As deputies followed, Robinson drove recklessly at a high rate of speed and even lost an ATV which was in the bed of the stolen truck. As the offender became more desperate to escape, his driving became more reckless,” said Babb.

“Deputies formulated a plan to box the offender in and slow him down. When they executed the plan, Robinson rammed two of the deputies’ vehicles but was stopped in front of Fun Junction USA on Hwy. 85 north of Fayetteville. Robinson was taken into custody after a short struggle.”

The litany of charges against Robinson include two counts of theft by receiving stolen property, two counts of interference with government property, possession of narcotics, fleeing and attempting to elude, obstruction of justice, and two counts of aggravated assault on a police officer. Robinson was also cited for 12 traffic violations committed during the pursuit, said Babb.

In a separate incident, the Fayette County Tactical Narcotics Team on April 2 conducted an operation at the Citgo station on Ga. Highway 138 which lead to the arrest of 28-year-old Alicia Smith of Stone Mountain and 28-year-old Kevin Taylor of College Park.

The couple traveled to Fayette County for the purpose of selling approximately two ounces of marijuana, the sheriff said.

In addition to the drug arrest, the couple had in their possession a loaded .40-caliber firearm. Both were charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

Another arrest came on April 2 when deputies responded to a prowling call at a home on Ga. Highway 314. Babb said homeowners called 911 when they arrived home to find an unknown car in their driveway. When deputies arrived, they found a dark green Jeep Grand Cherokee parked in front of the home, said Babb.

Babb said the driver of the vehicle, 35-year-old Billy Kerlin, of Zebulon, was arrested and charged with prowling, criminal trespass, possession of drug-related objects and possession of methamphetamine.

Detectives later connected Kerlin to another burglary on Hwy. 85 South, Babb said, adding that Kerlin was served with an additional burglary warrant and is currently housed at the Fayette County Jail.



Hmm, sounds like Josh is gonna learn what a jailhouse fun junction is all about now.

Wonder how long he kept that ugly face on after that glamour shot was taken.

"My baby is innocent, he a good boy, he ain't never hurt nobody..."

MajorMike's picture

The Griffin Judicial circuit, which includes Fayette County, does <strong>not <strong/> have a "revolving door court system like Fulton & Clayton Counties.

NUK_1's picture

I understand it to be one of the toughest, period, regardless of offense. Glad they brought along the "drug court" to separate out people we are simply mad at and people we are afraid of that need to be locked up.

A lawyer told me recently that Coweta is pretty hardline too, but their circuit includes Carrol co, Troup and Meriwether, all which I don't know a lot about.

MajorMike's picture

It is no wonder that this thug wannabe was trying to get back to Clayton County. He's going to do some hard time in the hotel doright and meet some new friends now. Soon, his hard stare will be replaced with open mouthed wonder at all the new social opportunities presented in his new environment.

I wonder how many illegitimate bastards this thug left behind for the taxpayers to pay for. With the typical lack of parental guidance from some baby momma(s) with an IQ equal to her age, his progeny will surely follow in his footsteps.

This (refer to mugshot), boys and girls, is the face of crime. I sincerely hope that none of our law enforcement personnel were injured by this puck's mad dash toward sanctuary.

Golly gee, I wonder if this is his first arrest Perhaps I'll try to research this on the web....... nahhhhh!

John Mrosek's picture

"The Griffin Judicial Circuit"--- why we should not change. MajorMike and Nuk1 you raise some good points.

Our judicial circuit spans 52 miles from Fayetteville, through Spalding and Pike counties down to Thomaston, Upson county. People 80 miles south of Atlanta are a lot more strict on crime. Their jails are not in federal law suits like Fulton for overcrowding. In middle Georgia the penalties for crime are higher. People used to be afraid to come in to Fayette County to commit crime. Sheriff Babb will hopefully return us to that. It's one of the reasons I moved here.

If we split off from the other three, the state regulators in Atlanta will pressure us to conform to the more lenient standards of our neighbors, Fulton and Clayton counties.

There is also the issue of money which frankly concerns me a lot less because none or our politicians seem to care about wasting money, either at the federal or local level. If we create a "Fayette Circuit" it will cost the state of Georgia an additional sum of at least $750,000 a year and an additional $200,000 a year for the counties. New titles, new positions, new managers, etc. These cost increases have been well documented by the Adminstrative Office of the Courts and they have generally opposed the idea. But again, I do not really concern myself with the money issues simply because no one else cares so why should I.

But--- we will be isolated and our criminal sentencing will be compared to Clayton and Atlanta if we split. Again, remember we chose to switch from the middle Georgia regional development commission known as the "McIntosh Trail Regional Commission" to switch to the "Atlanta Regional Commission". That was something I opposed and a move that the late, great Dan Lakly later regretted.

Caveat--- I ran against an incumbent judge and lost. I won Fayette County in 2000 but I lost the other three. My opponent (who lived in Upson) saw splitting the circuit as a way of keeping his job. There has been continuing, active interest by some of the incumbent judges to still make this happen. Maybe they don't like the driving. Being an outsider they don't include me in their conversations so you would have to ask them why they have pushed for it. Congressman Westmoreland (then an aspiring State Rep in 2001) sent me an email saying "As far as I am concerned, there will be no splitting of the courts." Apparently Judges English and Caldwell got him to reverse himself and he presented a bill to split the circuit. Fortunately, Griffin State Rep John Yates killed the bill.

I look for this continued effort but,again, the lenient effect on our sentencing will be inevitable.

Just a quick online search for ???Joshua D Robinson?۝, arrests and I found the following ones with mug shots that matched his. Isn?۪t there supposed to be some kind of ???three strikes and you?۪re out?۝ rule? This POS is a danger to the public and shouldn?۪t be on the streets. Just my opinion ??? hope they put him away for good!

Arrested 10/19/05 ??? Fulton County, Charges ??? Entering Auto, Possession of Tools for use for crime
Arrested 4/1/06 ??? Fulton County, Charges ??? Possession of Marijuana less than 1 oz.
Arrested 6/15/06 ??? Fulton County, Charges ??? Aggravated Assault, Carrying a Pistol without a License, Possession of a Firearm during the commission of a Felony,
Arrested 4/23/08 ??? Fulton County, Charges - Battery
Arrested 10/8/08 ??? Fulton County, Charges ??? 6 different charges of Battery
Arrested 9/26/10 ??? Fulton County, Charges ??? Burglary, Criminal Trespass, Theft by taking, 2 counts of Battery
Arrested 4/3/12 ??? Fulton County, Charges ??? Burglary, Criminal Trespass, Theft by Taking
Arrested 10/5/12 ??? Fulton County, Charges ??? Possession of Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute, Possession of a Firearm during the commission of a Felony, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon

There's nothing left in Fulton County to steal, so these POS are moving to the loser, put him away.
Thanks for the research.

MajorMike's picture

1. nothing left in Fulton County to steal (or Clayton)
2. these POS are moving to the burbs
3. career loser - judging by the arrest dates & noting that those were only his <strong> adult years,</strong> this boy is already a hardened criminal.

The only question now is; how long can he be kept off of the streets.

Clearly, those softies over there weren't interested in locking his sorry ass up for any extended time--shame on them!

meanoldconservatives's picture

How in the world could you balance all the crimes he was busted on, any other alleged crimes he wasn't busted on, jail time, court appearances, quality family time AND a full-time job? Oh, never mind....

kcchiefandy's picture

...if his firearm(s) was/were registered? If not, need to add that to his rap sheet! If ever an example of why we need to arm ourselves, this would be it. Maybe I'll print up some t-shirts w/ his face & rap sheet and sell them at the Farmers Market...

Robert W. Morgan's picture

I think we make too much of someone's past indiscretions. This poor young man has had a hard life with all these bogus charges against him. He obviously backed off in 209 and 2011 and we should praise God and embrace his mother ("He just fell in with the wrong crowd") and hope that he will be back on the right track if we just give him a break for the last little mistake. And he has been crime-free since last October. Doesn't that count for something?

OR, we could praise God and a Fayette County judge who may put this scum away for very long time. Let's do that Mr. Judge whoever gets this case. Send a message to his friends in the hood that Fayette County is a last stop on the crime circuit. I think it is important to point out (and I hope this Joshua AH is reading this - that if he were living a couple of centuries earlier, being drawn and quartered (look it up jailbird) after 2 or 3 of these indiscretions. After two months in the big house you will beg for the drawn and quartered option.

Live free or die!

John Mrosek's picture

Correct, Mr. Morgan, "a Fayette County Judge" is more likely to incarcerate him for a longer time. Why ? See my post below on the "Griffin Judicial Circuit". We elect judges and sheriffs that are strict on crime. Our jails are not overcrowded. We can hold them longer. But we need to stay with the other three counties. See discussion below.

That brings me to the other long-term, component of keeping crime down here---- our jail. Our county jail has typically and historically been under capacity. This is good. Former Sheriff Randall Johnson did a superb job of keeping the jail safe and clean. There was an old saw in the courthouse: "In Fayette County they treat you good in the jailhouse and bad in the courthouse." A number of our neighboring counties had long term federal involvement in the operation of our jails. Oddly, although Fayette County had the lowest per capita income in Georgia in 1950, our jail has for the most part been exemplary. Commission Chair Greg Dunn asked my opinion on the new courthouse. My opinion was less opulence in the courthouse and more beds in the jailhouse. It allows us to keep more people locked up that (with overcrowding) we have to let loose because the state won't pick them up. And let's not get into the issue of pre-trial bonds for the ACLU, etc, will get upset.

But you are right--- we expect judges to sentence stiffly.

Bring back the chain gang. After this POS has done the kind of work he never has, he'll be too tired to steal.

Robert W. Morgan's picture

How dare you suggest that this fine upstanding young man should be on a chain gang!
It is so hard to get a job nowadays because of the racist Republicans who own all the businesses and everything else won't hire a young man who has had a bad patch of luck. I think David's Mom may need someone to clean up her mansion and in the interest of racial equality she should hire this POS.

Now if he can't work because he is involved with something else - like being in jail - OK we understand. But give the boy (oops) a chance.

Live free or die!

[Quote]It is so hard to get a job nowadays because of the racist Republicans who own all the businesses and everything else won't hire a young man who has had a bad patch of luck. I think David's Mom may need someone to clean up her mansion and in the interest of racial equality she should hire this POS.[/quote]

A sample of the sarcasm of a secure male from Fayette County? I'm sure in the interest of racial equality, one would also want James Holmes to get the 'chain gang'. Or better yet, if Adam Lanza hadn't killed himself, he may have had a chance to rehabilitate while cleaning your mansion.

PTC Observer's picture

When I was a boy they still had the chain gang in Georgia, it was segregated. It appeared that they were treated equally bad.

Back then, "hard labor", meant that.

[Quote]Nearly half a century after the Civil War, the southern states?۪ prison systems, with a largely black population, comprised two models of outdoor convict labor: The prison farm and the road chain gang. The chain gang started in Georgia in 1908 and was envisioned as a progressive penal reform movement, the direct consequence of the ending of the convict lease system, as well as public demand for improved transportation. Chain gangs flourished throughout the South and by the 1920s and 1930s chained prisoners, mostly black, became a common sight along southern roadways. Georgia grasped the economic and social benefits of the chain gang, which soon developed into the ???good roads movement.?۝ ???Bad boys,?۝ a Georgia folk saying went, ???make good roads.?۝ Hired labor and even conscription had proved unreliable in the past, as free men were not disposed to work the roads if they could help it. Advocates for the good roads movement considered it advantageous to the state if convicts were made to serve their time building roads without creating unfair competition with labor. On a ???humanitarian?۝ level, proponents claimed that it would take the convict out of his cramped cell and provide him with work in the fresh air and sunshine. The federal government under, the auspices of the United States Department of Agriculture?۪s Office of Public Roads, joined in and spearheaded the movement as a way to modernize the South?۪s economy.[/quote]

Read more: Chain Gangs - Roads, Black, Southern, and Convict - JRank Articles

[Quote]Chain gangs had a brief existence, as economic forces played a central role in their demise. During the Great Depression, as jobs became scarce, criticism was heard that convict chain gangs took work that rightfully belonged to free labor. The government stopped providing federal funds to finance roads built using convict labor. <Strong>Enthusiasm for chain gangs also decreased as the number of white convicts on the roads increased. By the 1940s, chain gangs had almost vanished. The last few chained prisoners were pulled off the roads when Georgia finally eliminated the practice in the early 1960s.</strong>[/quote]

Read more: Chain Gangs - Roads, Black, Southern, and Convict - JRank Articles

We've come a long way since the '60's. By law, all low-life's are to receive the same treatment, regardless of skin color.

PTC Observer's picture

Yep, Georgia eliminated chain gangs in the early 60's alright, I guess you know about how old I am. ;-D

Saw them often, and no matter what color they were, they were treated equally bad. This was by law also DM, just different law.

BTW, they eliminated the chains but not the worker gangs in the early 60's.

Are these the guys (and gals) that we see today on the roads - picking up trash? We see those in every state today. Guarded and supervised, but not in chains. It is demeaning / but not inhuman. . And appears to be an all- American activity for law-breakers.

'60's. Married and a military wife. You're a youngster! :-)

PTC Observer's picture

Nope worker gangs are guys in white prison uniforms doing labor, cutting high grass, digging ditches and cleaning drainage ditches with armed guards watching every move. They're still out there.

The people you are talking about are "community service" workers assigned by the court to restitution for their crimes. Usually this has something to do with drug laws but not always.

Oh - thanks for the clarification! I really haven't seen 'the others'.

DM you once again prove that you're a complete piece of garbage.

The youth of today are recognizing that the 'truth' as portrayed by some as manipulated history - stinks. The truth has been unmasked - and Americans of all colors are determined not to return to some dark pages of our history. Interesting who is holding on to a dark past and unable to celebrate progress.

meanoldconservatives's picture


meanoldconservatives's picture

"Insecure" in DM parlance really means "whitey". Guess that is supposed to sting or be hurtful.....

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