Driver Who Led Chase From Napavine to Centralia and Fled on Foot Cuffed by JNET

By Natalie Johnson /

A man facing charges of possessing heroin with intent to sell, illegally having guns and running from police in December is being held on $75,000 bail after preliminary court hearings in two court cases. 

Bradley W. Bell, 37, of Chehalis, was charged Monday with attempting to elude a police vehicle. 

On Jan. 3, he was charged with possessing heroin with intent to deliver and two counts of second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm before being granted $25,000 bail. He has been in custody since his arrest on Jan. 2

Citing his pending case, criminal history including hit and run and driving under the influence and a history of warrants issued in previous cases, Lewis County Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Brad Meagher asked for $50,000 bail in the eluding case, for which Bell appeared for his preliminary hearing Monday afternoon. 

Superior Court Joely O’Rourke followed Meagher’s recommendation.

Bell’s total bail is now $75,000.

According to court documents, on Dec. 27, a deputy from the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office was on Rush Road in Napavine when he saw a vehicle traveling in the same direction. 

The deputy processed the license plate number and found the registered owner of the vehicle had a suspended driver’s license. 

The deputy activated his emergency lights and the driver pulled over. However, as the deputy approached the vehicle on foot, the driver sped away. 

The vehicle reportedly sped off without yielding to any stop signs before turning on to northbound Interstate 5, hitting speeds of up to 100 miles per hour. 

The driver reportedly weaved in and out of traffic and left the freeway in Centralia at more than 80 miles per hour. 

The driver attempted to make a right turn on Cherry Street and spun out, according to court documents. 

The driver then got out and ran from officers on foot. Officers were unable to stop him but impounded the vehicle, which contained a hypodermic needle and a cellphone. 

The mother of the vehicle’s owner identified the driver as Bell, according to court documents. Police also identified Bell as an occupant through the cellphone found in the vehicle.

Officers also found a Centralia Municipal Court summons for Bell in the car. 

On Jan. 2, detectives with the Lewis County Joint Narcotic Enforcement Team arrested Bell on the heroin charge and on outstanding warrants. At that point, Bell reportedly admitted to running from police on Dec. 27.