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Two Centralia Men Enter Pleas In Cases Involving Police Chases In Centralia

By Bruce Kropp

A 58-year-old Junction City man who alleged rammed his daughter's car with his pickup and led Centralia Police on a pursuit has been sentenced to four years probation for aggravated battery. Darrell Groff of Van Buren Street admitted to kicking and spitting in Centralia Police Officer Brian Atchison's face during the ordeal. A second aggravated battery charge to another Centralia Police officer was dropped. The series of incidents occurred in August. Police say during the chase Groff ran at least one stop sign and was traveling at 50 to 60 miles an hour on Jolliff Bridge Road, causing several vehicles to swerve off the road. Groff later was arrested at his home after a struggle with police.

A 29-year-old Centralia man who led police on a high speed chase on the south side of Centralia on July 15th has pleaded guilty to a charge of attempting to flee or elude a police officer. Bradley Timmons of Trust Road was placed on 30 months probation, fined $500, ordered to undergo drug and alcohol evaluation and 45 days of work release from the Marion County Jail. A second count of attempting to flee in connection with the same incident was dropped as part of the plea.

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