Centralia man arrested with meth after failing to return from jail furlough

MARION COUNTY — A 24-year-old Centralia man is back in custody of the Marion County Jail, after failing to return from a furloughed release.

T.J. Robert Chumley (Credit: MCSO)
T.J. Robert Chumley
(Credit: MCSO)

T.J. Chumley was arrested overnight by Centralia police who had stopped at a residence where some men were outside arguing. While there, officers noticed a man now identified as Chumley was acting suspicious, and ultimately ran from the scene.

Officers suspected Chumley would circle back to the house, so they returned and found Chumley there, at which point he reportedly struggled with officers and resisted being arrested.

A search reportedly found $239 cash, 2.2 grams methamphetamine, 12.2 grams cannabis and 11.3 grams of K2 on Chumley. He was taken into custody on the outstanding warrant for failure to return from furlough Saturday morning, and for possession.

He was formally charged this morning in Marion County Court with felony delivery of less than 5-grams of meth, misdemeanor possession of between 10-30 grams of cannabis and misdemeanor resisting a police officer.

Chumley, who previously dismissed his attorney and decided to represent himself, was scheduled for a March 31 hearing to dismiss felony charges in three separate cases against him, including two cases charged while he was in custody of the Marion

County Jail for having a controlled substance in a jail and for aggravated battery. He was initially being held on three counts felony vehicle burglary.

On March 17, Judge Mark Stedelin released Chumley on his own recognizance for a four-day furlough, ordering him to report back to the jail March 21. When Chumley failed to return, Stedelin issued a warrant for his arrest.