Franklin Man Caught in Possession of Drugs After Fleeing Police Waives Hearing

| June 29, 2020

GavelFRANKLIN, Pa. (EYT) – A Franklin man who fled a traffic stop and was then caught in possession of drugs waived his hearing in court on Wednesday.

Court documents indicate the following charges against 47-year-old Joshua James Grove were waived for court on Wednesday, June 24:

– Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver, Felony
– Receiving Stolen Property, Felony 3
– Resist Arrest/Other Law Enforce, Misdemeanor 2
– False Identification To Law Enforcement Officer, Misdemeanor 3
– Possession Of Marijuana, Misdemeanor (two counts)
– Use/Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia, Misdemeanor
– Possession of Controlled Substance, Misdemeanor
– Driving While BAC .02 or Greater While License Suspended
– A Certificate Of Exemption Not Displayed, Summary

The charges have been transferred to the Venango County Court of Common Pleas.

Grove is currently free on $15,000.00 monetary bail.

The charges stem from a traffic stop in Franklin earlier this month.

Details of the case:

According to a criminal complaint, around 11:42 p.m. on Tuesday, June 2, Lt. Edwards, of the Franklin Police Department, observed a gold GMC Sierra 2500 with no working taillights coming down off Meadville Pike and turning north onto State Route 417. A traffic stop was initiated on the vehicle in the area of Village Auto. The vehicle continued north on Route 417 and pulled over onto Pennell Street in Rocky Grove, Venango County.

Lt. Edwards approached the vehicle and requested identification, the vehicle registration, and proof of insurance. The driver stated he was in his pajamas, just taking friends home, and did not have identification on him. He was then asked for his name and date of birth and gave a name that was later discovered to be false, according to the complaint.

Lt. Edwards returned to her patrol vehicle and contacted dispatch via telephone. The complaint notes during this time, the driver, later identified as Joshua Grove, attempted to open the passenger side door and was ordered to close it.

According to the complaint, during the investigation, it was discovered the vehicle was possibly stolen. At that time, Grove opened the driver’s side door and stepped out of the vehicle. Lt. Edwards told him to return to the vehicle, but Grove then fled on foot, running behind the Country Fair building.

Officers then pursued Grove, and he was taken into custody in the Franklin Cemetery.

Grove was also found to be in possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia, and a search of the vehicle discovered additional controlled substances, the complaint indicates.

He was arraigned in front of Magisterial District Judge Andrew F. Fish at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 3.


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