‘It Was a Mistake’: Suspect Granted $15,000 Bail After Pursuit in Arrest, Alleged Discovery of Meth

By Natalie Johnson / njohnson@chronline.com

A Tacoma man was arrested Friday night after leading police on a winding chase while driving on the wrong side of the road, blowing through stop lights and weaving through parking lots in the north end of Centralia. 

William Sacks, Jr., 55, of Tacoma, was charged Monday in Lewis County Superior Court on suspicion of attempting to elude a police officer and possession of methamphetamine, both class C felonies. 

“It was a mistake,” Sacks said during his preliminary hearing Monday.

According to the Centralia Police Department, he was also suspected of driving under the influence. 

Sacks was granted $15,000 bail and was appointed an attorney Monday. His arraignment is scheduled for Thursday. 

According to court documents and police, an officer first approached Sacks when he was sitting in the driver’s seat of a blue 1994 Honda Civic at about 8:05 p.m. Friday in the 1200 block of Ward Street. Sacks reportedly said he didn’t have a driver’s license but was waiting for someone. 

He reportedly told the officer that he saw two suspicious people in the area. The officer left to do a check for the suspicious people, and later saw the Honda drive by and fail to signal. 

The officer activated his lights and attempted to stop the vehicle in the 1200 block of North Pearl Street, according to court documents.

The Honda, driven by Sacks, stopped. Sacks reportedly opened his door and attempted to talk with the officer, who told him to remain in his vehicle. 

“William (Sacks) then shook his head at Officer Huerta, shut the car door, and started the vehicle up,” according to court documents. 

The car sped off at about 70 miles per hour in a 35 mile-per-hour zone, according to court documents. The vehicle drove at high speeds to Reynolds Avenue, then Lum Road, occasionally in the wrong lane, skidding through intersections. 

The Honda then went into a parking lot at the Centralia Factory Outlets, weaving through parked cars. Sacks hit a curb, deflating one tire, but kept going, according to court documents. 

He got back on the road, heading the wrong way on Harrison Avenue, hit several curbs and ran a red light. 

He ditched the car in the 1200 block of Harrison Avenue and ran on foot. 

He fell and was arrested. Police reported finding methamphetamine in Sacks’ possession.