Three Arrested Following Scuffle With Police in Centralia
Marion County Sheriff's Deputies were unaware one of the group had allegedly pulled the gun when they stopped to investigate the three people around a car that apparently had run out of gas at Rexford and McKee Street in Centralia early Saturday morning.
Deputies say one of the men, 23-year-old David Weatherhall of Bolingbrook, tossed one of two loaded pistols under the car as they approached. The gun was later found with the assistance of the Centralia canine. Weatherhall allegedly tossed the second loaded pistol as he wrestled with deputies and later Centralia Police trying to handcuff him. Weatherhall was taken to the Marion County Jail where he remains on two counts of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and resisting arrest.
The driver of the car, 35-year-old Klarece Tucker of Forrest Avenue in Mt. Vernon, was taken to jail for alleged resisting arrest and driving on a suspended license.
A 16-year-old juvenile boy from Mt. Vernon was also arrested for resisting arrest. Centralia Police later added charges of unlawful possession of a firearm and aggravated assault after learning he had allegedly pulled a gun on one of the two people who had given them a ride to the westside Casey's Store and demanded a ride back to their car.
The two men complied and were still in the area when deputies arrived. They were asked to clear the area. The two then went to Centralia Police to report a gun had been pulled on them.
The juvenile was taken to the Clinton County Jail at Carlyle for possible detention.
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