Centralia man faces numerous charges after Quad County High Speed Chase

Richard Potter, Jr. Photo Credit: MCSO

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS — A Centralia man is in custody following a high speed pursuit early Sunday that began in Centralia and traveled through Marion, Jefferson, Washington and Clinton Counties.

29-year-old Richard Potter, Junior, is in the Marion County Jail charged with multiple traffic citations as well as aggravated fleeing, aggravated driving on a revoked license, and a Department of Corrections warrant.

Police reports indicate that Marion County Sheriff’s Deputies attempted to stop Potter in Centralia near Calumet and Locust Streets just after midnight. Potter then allegedly fled and led authorities on a chase through Marion, Jefferson, Washington, and Clinton Counties only to return to Potter’s home Centralia.

Police had used a spike stick near Irvington and also attempted to stop the vehicle near Gilster-Mary Lee in Centralia, but both attempts were unsuccessful. Potter ultimately drove the vehicle into the yard of his Hester Street Home.

The chase reached speeds of up to 85 miles per hour with additional law enforcement agencies assisting. Potter also had a female passenger in the vehicle, but she does not face any charges.