Driver Found With Meth Pleads Guilty After Centralia Crash That Injured Three

By The Chronicle

A Centralia man who allegedly caused a crash that injured three people last month in Centralia pleaded guilty to two felony charges Monday.

Terry J. Burge, 35, of Centralia, pleaded guilty to vehicular assault and possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine.

His sentencing hearing is scheduled for Dec. 27.

Three People Suffer Injuries in Downtown Centralia Crash
The scene of the crash.

Burge was arrested Nov. 2 after a crash that morning at the intersection of Pearl and West Third streets in Centralia.

First-arriving units found a red Ford F-150 on Third Street collided with a white Chevrolet truck on Pearl Street.

Burge, the driver of the Ford, and one of his two passengers were unconscious when police arrived. Both were extricated from the vehicle using hydraulic extrication equipment, according to the Riverside Fire Authority.

The third passenger self-extricated himself from the vehicle and gave a statement to officers.

According to court documents, he reported Burge was giving him and the female passenger a ride to B Street in Centralia. He told police Burge drove through numerous stop signs while driving through town.

A bus driver who witnessed the incident reported the Ford was going 40 to 50 miles per hour when it ran through the intersection and hit the other truck, according to court documents.