Judge grants 72-hour hold for Tolbert in hit-and-run case



COLUMBUS, Ind. — A judicial order will keep an Elizabethtown man in jail through Friday without formal charges related to a fatal hit-and-run accident.

Jacob Tolbert, 24, was arrested Sunday in connection with the death of Thomas L. “Tommy” Brazzell, 27, of Vallonia. The 48-hour hold requested by police was set to expire at midnight tonight.

A request made Monday by Bartholomew County Prosecutor Bill Nash for an additional 72-hour hold was signed at 5:20 p.m. Monday by Bartholomew Circuit Count Judge Stephen Heimann. The judge also set a $50,000 bond for Tolbert. Nash asked for the extra time in order to review the case and determine formal charges.

Police said Brazzell died early Sunday morning when he was struck by Tolbert’s pickup outside Caddies Pub, 2761 Central Ave. Tolbert was arrested on felony charges of reckless homicide and leaving the scene of an accident causing death, plus a misdemeanor charge of possession of marijuana.

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