Man Arrested on Charge of Eluding Police After Driving Wrong Way on Gold Street

By The Chronicle

A Centralia man was arrested early Sunday morning after allegedly driving the wrong way on Gold Street before ditching his vehicle, which then hit a light pole. 

James L. Mead, 26, was charged Monday in Lewis County Superior Court with one count of attempting to elude a police vehicle and was granted $10,000 bail.

According to court documents and the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office, a deputy was on patrol at 4:35 a.m. Sunday in the 1500 block of South Gold Street — a two-lane, one-way street — when he saw a vehicle’s headlights coming toward him in his own lane. 

The truck then turned into a parking lot. The deputy pulled in behind the truck and activated his lights, at which point the truck pulled into the road and continued south. 

The driver, identified as Mead, then reportedly bailed out of the moving vehicle while the truck continued to travel forward and hit a light pole. 

Mead allegedly attempted to run from the deputy on foot. He reportedly ran into a building, but came out when asked by the deputy and was arrested. 

Mead’s vehicle reportedly left a dent in the light pole.