Man Accused of Firing Shots at Officers, Being in High-Speed Chase Found Fit to Stand Trial

Man Accused of Firing Shots at Officers, Being in High-Speed Chase Found Fit to Stand Trial

WASHINGTON COUNTY — A 42-year-old rural Centralia man has been found fit to stand trial on charges stemming from an incident last summer when he allegedly took police on a high-speed multi-county pursuit and fired shots at both Centralia and DuQuoin officers.

Nathan Johnson is charged with a half-dozen Class X felony charges in Washington and Perry counties in connection with firing shots at police officers on an August 2018 morning in DuQuoin and at his home on Irvington Road in Centralia.

He’s being held in jail on a combined $6 million bail — $1 million in Washington County and $5 million in Perry County.

Johnson is accused of taking DuQuoin police on a pursuit in which he reportedly fired shots at officers, striking the police chief’s squad car.

The pursuit continued into Centralia, where he held off officers from multiple agencies in an hours-long standoff at his home.

He reportedly fired multiple shots at officers during the Centralia standoff, striking one Centralia police squad car.

He’s next scheduled to appear in Washington County court on April 2 for a final pre-trial hearing, with a jury trial scheduled for April 22.

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