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Two Formally Charged in High Speed Chase Where Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy Was Struck

July 28, 2016

Two people were charged in Marion County Court Thursday morning in the aftermath of a lengthy Wednesday morning high speed chase that began near Salem and ended in Centralia.  A Marion County sheriff’s deputy was reportedly struck by the chase vehicle, but was not hurt.

Bond was set at $100,000 for the driver, Ian Meredith of South College in Salem.   He was formally charged with aggravated battery to a police officer, two counts of unlawful use of a firearm by a convicted felon, aggravated possession of 2 to 5 stolen firearms, possession of a stolen license plate, aggravated fleeing and eluding with violation of two or more traffic control devices, and driving under the influence of drugs.

A passenger, Melanie Scurba of James Street in Wamac, had bond set at $1,500 after being charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Initial information indicates the chase that reached speeds of nearly 100 miles per hour wound from near Salem to the east side of Centralia, where Centralia Police joined the pursuit.  The chase then continued through downtown and eventually ended near the Lincoln and Rhodes Street intersection. 

The sheriff’s department has not released any additional details on the chase itself.

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