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The car fleeing Centralia Police driven by Christopher Horn following the crash. Photo by Mitchell Schultheis.

Car broadsided in the crash driven by Zaddie Sharkey of Centralia. Both she and the passenger went to St. Mary's Hospital for treatment. Photo by Mitchell Schultheis.

Centralia Man Fleeing Traffic Stop Crashes Into Another Car, Injuring Two

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

Centralia Police say a 19-year-old Centralia man being sought after he fled the scene of an attempted traffic stop crashed into another car late Saturday night.  The two occupants of the other vehicle were injured.  

Christopher Horn of South Maple Street is being held in the Marion County Jail for alleged possession of a controlled substance, driving under the influence of drugs, reckless driving, driving on a suspended license, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, leaving the scene of an accident, disregarding a stop sign, driving an uninsured vehicle, and fleeing and eluding police.  

Police attempted the traffic stop after Horn allegedly ran a stop sign at Maple and Rexford Street.  Instead of stopping, Horn allegedly fled at a high rate of speed and crashed into the side of a car at Maple and Calumet.  

The driver, 33-year-old Zaddie Sharkey of Cormick Street in Centralia and passenger 29-year-old Dominque Leake of East Howard in Centralia, were both taken to St. Mary's Hospital in Centralia for treatment of their injuries.  

After the crash, police say Horn fled the scene on foot.   He was later located in the bed at his home, still allegedly breathing heavily. Horn told police he had been at home all night.  

Meanwhile, Horn's neighbor and the owner of the vehicle Horn was allegedly driving during the chase and crash, Jerry Correll of South Maple, said Horn had taken the car without permission.  

The chase began at 11:38 Saturday night.     

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