• Centralia man sought after fleeing police, in custody

    by  • October 22, 2013 • News

    Bail has been set at $15,000 for a 24-year-old Centralia man in Marion County court Tuesday, after being taken into custody Monday.

    Richard "Ricky" Potter

    Richard “Ricky” Potter

    Richard E. “Ricky” Potter is being held in the Marion County jail, charged with felony resisting a police officer, resulting in injury; misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and misdemeanor resisting a police officer.

    According to reports, a Centralia police officer was stuck by a hypodermic needle as attempting to handcuff Potter Monday afternoon.

    The officer was reportedly assisting Wamac Police, when Potter was seen running into a home.  When Police approached the home, Porter allegedly fled on foot. Despite officers ultimately Tazing him, Potter still resisted being handcuffed when the officer was stuck with the needle.

    Potter reportedly fled from police Oct. 9, when they attempted to stop his vehicle, knowing he was wanted on outstanding warrants.

    But instead of stopping, police say Potter fled, and when he attempted to turn from Pullen onto Third Street, his car slid off the road and traveled through several yards on Third Street before re-entering the road.

    The chase then continued onto an alley where Potter allegedly jumped out of his still moving vehicle and fled on foot, with his car continuing into a yard on west Third Street where it eventually stopped.

    Potter was able to escape from police in a foot chase that followed and was still being sought until he was finally apprehended.