Centralia Man Arrested After Fleeing Police in Stolen Car

By The Chronicle

A Centralia man was arrested Friday night after allegedly trying to run from police in a stolen 1991 Acura, according to court documents. 

Zachary J. Maurer, 28, of Centralia, was charged Monday in Lewis County Superior Court with one count each of attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle and possession of a stolen vehicle. 

He is being held on $25,000 bail. His next court hearing is scheduled for Nov. 30.

Just before 9 p.m. Friday, Chehalis police attempted to conduct a traffic stop of a red 1991 Acura near the intersection of Northwest Middle Street and Northwest Pennsylvania Avenue. 

The vehicle didn’t stop and police learned it had been reported stolen. 

Police followed the car as it ran stop signs in Chehalis and turned onto Interstate 5. The car reached speeds of more than 90 miles per hour before being stopped with the help of deputies from the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office and troopers from the Washington State Patrol. 

The driver, identified as Maurer, told police he didn’t know the car was stolen, but said he didn’t stop when police attempted to pull him over because he was “scared,” according to court documents.