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Centralia man sentenced to four years in prison after vehicle chase


A Centralia man pleaded guilty to several charges after a vehicle chase that ended in Boone County.

Zachary Poland, 24, pleaded guilty to the felony of resisting a lawful stop, two counts of assault in the fourth degree, and possession of marijuana.

According to the Callaway County Sheriff Office's Facebook page, Poland fled in his vehicle when a deputy stopped him to investigate a report of suspicious activity. Poland had outstanding warrants from other counties.

Deputies pursued Poland on county roads and Interstate 70 for several miles before taking him into custody in Boone County.

Poland admitted he committed assault against two law enforcement officers by creating a substantial risk of death or serious physical injury.

According to the sheriff's office, he admitted to driving into the oncoming lane of traffic at a vehicle driven by Sheriff Clay Chism forcing Chism off the roadway. He also admitted to driving on the shoulder of Interstate 70 toward a trooper who was attempting to lay spike strips to stop Poland's vehicle.

A judge sentenced Poland to four years in prison.

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Sydney Olsen

Sydney Olsen reports in the evenings during the week and on the weekend.


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