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Centralia Woman Faces Multiple Charges After Leaving Scene of an Accident

May 8, 2017

A 32-year-old Centralia woman is being held in the Marion County Jail for leaving the scene of an accident, resisting a peace officer and on an outstanding Marion County failure to appear warrant in a robbery case. Natasha Benitez of South Poplar was taken into custody Friday night after police went to her home to investigate the wreck.

Centralia Police say they were initially called to the Michael Brown home in the 500 block of South Poplar after he reported a car had hit the gas line at his home and gas was leaking out. The car believed involved was parked next door with damage that matched what had happened.

Police went to the home and were told by other occupants that Benitez was driving. She reportedly ignored police as they tried to question her. Benitez also reportedly refused to leave her home to talk about the accident. Additional officers were called and assisted in getting Benitez outside the home where she was taken into custody.

Centralia City Firefighters stood by at the gas leak until Ameren crews arrived to make repairs.

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