Drugs, guns, and a police chase suspect charged

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at 6:11 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – A 37-year-old man with a rural Chehalis address was charged yesterday in Lewis County Superior Court with attempting to elude for an incident two days after Christmas in which a motorist fled a traffic stop on Rush Road and eventually lost control of the car at West Cherry Street in Centralia and fled on foot.

A search through a cell phone located on the floorboard of the white Ford Crown Victoria left behind led law enforcement to Bradley W. Bell.

Bell was arrested on Jan. 2 by drug detectives for outstanding warrants and for a case from last May. He was charged last week for that.

Charging documents in the first case indicate detectives conducted surveillance on Bell’s home in Centralia because they suspected he was selling meth and heroin. They pulled over a vehicle leaving the residence in which Bell was a passenger, and allegedly located a gun under the seat, 32 grams of heroin, nearly 13 gram of meth and a digital scale, according to the charging documents.

Law enforcement went looking for him on Jan. 2, conducted surveillance, made a traffic stop and allegedly found him with a gun again.

Bell was charged the following day in Lewis County Superior Court with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and two counts of second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm. His bail was set at $25,000.

Bell allegedly admitted to detectives he was the driver in the pursuit the night of Dec. 27, which reached speeds in excess of 100 mph between Napavine and Centralia.

A judge yesterday afternoon set his bail at $50,000 for the eluding charge.

His arraignment is scheduled for Thursday.

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