Two people face felony charges after leading police on lengthy weekend pursuits. 24-year-old John Phillips of Lynwood Drive in Salem has been charged with aggravated fleeing police at over 21 miles per hour. He led Salem Police on a lengthy chase Sunday afternoon that exceeded 100 miles per hour at times through Salem to Mt. Vernon, to Ashley and then north on U.S. 51 when his car ran out of gas. Deputies quickly apprehended Phillips as he tried to run from the car.
Bond for Phillips was set at $5,000. The public defender was appointed to represent him.
Bond was also set at $5,000 for 37-year-old Pierre Wilmington of Fairway Drive in Centralia after he was charged with aggravated fleeing and eluding as well as felony possession of ammunition. Wilmington fled Wamac Police following an attempted traffic stop in the 1400 block of South Elm early Saturday morning.
The chase went to the north side of Centralia and down Country Club Road where Centralia Police were able to deploy stop sticks to flatten all four tires on his car.
Wilmington attempted to continue but ran into a roadside ditch on Airport Road a short distance away. Wamac Police allegedly found ammunition in the vehicle, but no gun.
Wilmington had the public defender appointed to represent him.
A passenger in the car, 33-year-old Kenneth Dalton Junior of Franklin Street in Centralia, was released from jail without being charged.