Police pursuit results in damage to railroad tracks, seizure of drugs and gun

CENTRALIA — A police pursuit around 12:30 Saturday night in Centralia resulted in damage to the railroad tracks and the seizure of drugs and a stolen gun.

According to Centralia police, an officer saw a vehicle being driven by a male leaving a known drug house. The officer attempted a traffic stop at Calumet on the vehicle that came back as being registered to 23-year-old Kelsey Royer, of Alma.

But the vehicle fled south on Marion Avenue before heading west on 12th Street where it hit the railroad tracks and took out a large section of the tracks, pulling the spikes from the wooden ties and requiring rail traffic to be stopped for several hours while repairs were made.

The driver of the vehicle jumped from the vehicle after it cleared the tracks and fled on foot. Following a search of the vehicle, police seized two large baggies of “Ice,” which is a pure form of methamphetamine, along with a 45 caliber handgun with the serial number filed off.

Officers, some of whom were called away from the scene on other calls, were unable to track the suspect who remains at large. The vehicle was towed from the scene.