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Two in Custody Following Wednesday Morning High Speed Police Chase

July 28, 2016

Two people are in custody in the aftermath of a lengthy Wednesday morning high speed chase that began near Salem and ended in Centralia.

The driver, Ian Meredith of South College in Salem, is being held in the Marion County Jail for aggravated fleeing and eluding police, driving under the influence of drugs, possession of a firearm by a felon, aggravated battery to a police officer, unlawful possession of stolen license plates, possession of drug paraphernalia, and resisting police.

A passenger, Melanie Scurba of James Street in Wamac, is being held for possession of stolen property. 

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 Marion County Sheriff’s Department reports no injuries.  One sheriff’s department squad car was damaged in the pursuit. 

No other details have yet been released as reports are completed for the expected first appearance of the two suspects on Thursday.

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