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Centralia Police Arrest Two Wrong Way Drivers on Weapons and Drug Charges Following Vehicle and Foot Chase

October 5, 2016

Centralia Police say an attempt to stop a wrong way driver ended in a vehicle and foot chase as well as arrest on multiple drug, weapon, and traffic charges.

The driver, 21-year-old Keenan Parson of Marion, is being held in the Marion County Jail for armed violence, manufacture or delivery of cannabis, resisting arrest, aggravated fleeing, unlawful possession of a weapon by a felony and driving on a suspended or revoked license. A passenger, 23-year-old Todd Lee of Cairo, is being held on the same drug and weapons charges.

Centralia Police say the incident began when they spotted Parson traveling the wrong way on the McCord Street overpass. He then went the wrong direction on Poplar. When Police attempted to stop him, he turned onto Haussler Street, went the wrong way on Elm, and then turned onto Kerr Street. When Parson reached Pine Street he slammed on his brakes, but missed the turn. In an effort to make a u-turn the car traveled across a ditch and came to rest up against the front porch of a home at 600 East Kerr. The two then jumped out of the car and ran. One was found hiding behind a house, while the second was spotted walking down the street and attempted to run again before being apprehended.

Police report a 45 caliber pistol and shot gun were both dropped to the ground during the foot chase. Police later found 152 grams of cannabis and ammunition in the car.

The incident began around midnight.

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