Salem police arrest Centralia man with K-9 help after car, foot pursuit

SALEM — According to the Salem Police Department, a 36-yeara-old Centralia man was arrested Sunday night following a brief car and foot pursuit that started with an attempted warrant arrest in the parking lot of the Salem Walmart.

Nathan Jean Nelson (Source: MCSO)
Nathan Jean Nelson
(Source: MCSO)

A Salem police officer stopped a vehicle being driven by Nathan Jean Nelson, as Nelson was wanted on an outstanding Marion County warrant.

As the officer attempted to place Nelson in handcuffs, he reportedly struck the officer, and jumped back in his vehicle. Despite warnings, Nelson failed to follow commands from the officer and a Tazer was deployed, but due to layers of clothing Nelson was wearing, the Tazer had no effect.

Nelson then fled eastbound on West Main Street in Salem, then turned southbound on Vincent Street to South Lincoln where he jumped from the vehicle and fled on foot.

At that point the Salem K-9 unit was on scene and warned Nelson the dog would be released if he didn’t stop. Freddie was ultimately released and captured Nelson near Lincoln and Elm streets.

Despite multiple bite wounds on the arm, Nelson reportedly continued to resist arrest and was ultimately taken to the ground before being secured.

Nelson was transported to Salem Township Hospital for treatment of bite wounds. He was taken to the Marion County Jail upon his release from the hospital and is being held on charges of aggravated battery to a peace officer, aggravated fleeing and eluding, and resisting arrest, as well as on the outstanding warrant.

One of Nelson’s passengers in the vehicle, 51-year-old Curtis Nelson, also of Centralia, was ticketed for possession of drug paraphernalia. The other passenger was released without charge.