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Centralia Woman Receives Two Years In Prison For Vehicle Chase

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

A 48-year-old Centralia woman has been sentenced to two years in prison for leading Centralia Police on a vehicle chase.

Lawanda Barnes of North Elm pleaded guilty in Marion County Court Friday to aggravated fleeing or attempting to elude police.  She will have to complete one year of mandatory supervised release after getting out of prison.  

Barnes was arrested in March 2010 after Centralia Police say she tried to speed away at 60 miles per hour on Rexford Street after a bicyclist tried to block a traffic stop.  The chase ended when Barnes pulled into the driveway of the man who tried to prevent the traffic stop, locked herself in the car and refused to come out.  Police reports at the time indicated Barnes opened the window to talk to a resident of the home and police used the opportunity to grab the keys to the vehicle and take Barnes into custody.

Barnes also pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor battery charge.  She admitted slapping James Watson in the face with her hand last March.  Barnes was sentenced to 90 days in the Marion County Jail.  The time will be served concurrently with the prison time.

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