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Five Arrested on Felony Drug Charges

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

Five people are being held in the Marion County Jail on felony drug charges following three Tuesday night traffic stops.  One of the cases escalated into a fight between the two vehicle occupants and Centralia Police.

29-year-old Lori Yarbrough and 35-year-old Jason Yarbrough of Mitchell Lane in Wamac are being held for alleged aggravated battery to a police officer and possession of cannabis.  Lori was also ticketed for driving on a suspended or revoked license and Jason for resisting arrest.

Centralia Police say the van was initially stopped because of a loud muffler and matching the description of a vehicle involved in an earlier attempted burglary.   After allegedly finding what appeared to be drugs and paraphernalia in a make up bag, police attempted to take Jason into custody.  He allegedly pushed two officers against a van and after an attempt to taze him was unsuccessful, Jason allegedly ran on foot.  Police say another officer was successful in tazing Jason in the back and he fell to the ground.   He reportedly had a baggie of meth in his mouth and had to be tazed a second time for police to get it away from him.  At the same time, Lori reportedly began kicking the window of the squad car where she was being held. She allegedly kicked an officer and tried to escape out the door.   Centralia Police first spotted the Yarbrough van while assisting Marion County Sheriff's Deputies in an earlier traffic stop that resulted in two other drug arrests.

Sheriff's Deputies charged the driver in that traffic stop, 30-year-old Misty Feer of Pearl Street in Centralia, for driving under the influence and possession of methamphetamine.  A passenger, 40-year-old Charles Cox of Warren Way in Dix, was arrested for possession of methamphetamine.

State Police made the other traffic stop on Interstate 57 five miles south of Salem.  47-year-old Julia Bumgarner of West Olive in Salem was arrested for alleged driving under the influence of drugs and possession of a controlled substance.  She allegedly had what is commonly referred to as bath salts in her possession.  A passenger in the car who was being held in the Marion County Jail for possession of a controlled substance has since been released without being charged.

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