A 17-year-old Centralia High School student was injured when a Centralia Police squad car collided with her vehicle in the rear parking lot of the school on Wednesday.
Marion County Sheriff’s Deputies say Centralia Officer William White was watching the perimeter of the school when he saw a car entering the parking lot at a high rate of speed. He followed the car in the neighboring driving lane in the parking lot. The car then made a turn and drove in front of the lane where the squad car was traveling resulting in the crash.
Deputies say the juvenile girl was taken to SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital for treatment. She reportedly was returning to school from an internship off campus when the crash occurred.
Deputies say no tickets were issued since the crash was on private property.
Centralia Police eventually determined the threat to the school was not credible. A juvenile student was arrested on Thursday for allegedly making a terrorist threat. The 15-year-old was released to a parent pending court action.