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Centralia Man Arrested on Drug Charge After Trying to Avoid Police Stop

January 28, 2017

Bond has been set at $25,000 in Marion County Court for a 54-year-old Centralia man charged with possession of methamphetamine after he allegedly tried to avoid a traffic stop by Centralia Police.

Police say they had noticed Michael Lawson of North Locust had an expired registration sticker when the car was left running in a driveway. A short time later the car was seen driving and the driver make a quick turn in what appeared to be an attempt to get away from police. After catching up with him, Lawson allegedly refused to stop and drove into a yard near his mobile home.

Police says at that point Lawson was taken into custody. While no drugs were found on his person, police reported finding several 100 dollar bills in the front passenger seat, a one hitter pipe in a cigarette container, and several pieces of what field tested as crystal meth in the driver’s side door.

Lawson had the public defender appointed to represent him and a preliminary hearing set for September 21st during his first court appearance Friday morning.

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