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Centralia Police Officer Stuck With Needle

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

A Centralia Police officer has undergone treatment at St. Mary's Hospital after being stuck in the finger with a hypodermic needle when trying to take a suspect into custody.  

Police say the officer was attempting to handcuff 24-year-old Richard Potter of Hester Street in Centralia Monday afternoon when he was stuck by the needle.  It was one of several Potter had in one of his pockets.  

Potter has been charged in Marion County Court with felony obstructing police involving injury, misdemeanor resisting arrest a peace officer and possession of drug paraphernalia as a result of the incident.  Bond was set at $15,000.  

Potter was already wanted in connection with a vehicle and foot chase earlier this month where he successfully fled on foot after jumping out of his slow moving car in the 500 block of West Third.  He was also wanted on outstanding Marion, Effingham, Washington and Clinton County warrants when police originally tried to take him into custody.  

The Centralia officer was assisting Wamac Police on a Department of Children and Family Services case, when Potter was seen running into a home.  When Police approached the home, Porter allegedly ran on foot.  He was eventually tazed, but still was resisting being handcuffed when the officer was stuck with the needle.  

Centralia Police Chief Larry Evans says Potter cooperated in giving blood samples to assist in the officer's treatment.  

Potter had the public defender appointed to represent him.

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