Centralia Man Arrested After Leading Police on High-Speed Chase Through Town
Driver Eventually Pulled Into Driveway and Was Arrested Without Further Incident
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Lashawn Wilks

A 29-year-old Centralia man has been arrested by Centralia Police for aggravated fleeing and eluding police after a high-speed chase through town.

Police say they initially spotted the car Lashawn Wilks of East Rhodes was driving while it was on the Huck's parking lot on East Calumet. After confirming the man behind the wheel was Wilks and was wanted on an outstanding warrant, the vehicle pulled out of the parking lot without signaling and began traveling west on Calumet Street at an estimated 50 miles an hour, twice the posted speed limit.

A traffic stop was attempted after the car turned onto North Hickory and began traveling at more than 70 miles per hour in a 25 mile per hour zone. The chase then preceded west on Broadway and north on Beech. The driver then pulled into a driveway in the 100 block of North Beach and was taken into custody without further incident. In addition to the high rate of speed, police say Wilks ran two stop signs.

The chase began at 4:27 Saturday morning.

Wilks was taken to the Marion County Jail for driving on a suspended license, an outstanding Marion County traffic warrant as well as aggravated fleeing and eluding.


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