On Thursday, December 22, at approximately 1:18 p.m., a Washington County Sheriff’s Department Deputy attempted to stop a vehicle in Richview being driven by Gregory A. Pocrnich, Jr., 26, of Richview.
The deputy knew Pocrnich to be wanted by Marion County on a felony warrant. The driver of the vehicle rammed the deputy’s squad car, causing major damage then fled from the deputy.
After a short chase the driver abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot. At approximately 3 :30 p.m., the driver was located in an abandoned trailer in Richview and taken into custody without incident.
Pocrnich has been charged with the following:
Two counts of Unlawful Possession of a Weapon by a Felon; Aggravated Assault; Criminal Damage To State Supported Property; Aggravated Fleeing or Attempting To Elude Police; Driving While License Revoked; Unlawful Possession of Registration; Unlawful Possession of Stolen Registration; Improper Use of Registration; Reckless Driving; Speeding 60 miles per hour in a 30 mile per hour zone; Careless Operation of a Motor Vehicle; Improper Lane Usage; Illegal Transportation of Alcohol; Leaving The Scene of an Accident involving injuries; Disobeying A Police Officer; and Operating Uninsured Motor Vehicle
Additionally Pocrnich is being held on a Marion County Warrant. He is incarcerated in the Washington County Jail with bond to be set.
A passenger in the vehicle, Brittani N. Scerba, 25, of Centralia, was transported to St. Mary’s in Centralia for minor injuries. A second passenger, Terry L. Burner, 32, of Centralia, was released.
Agencies assisting included Centralia Police Dept., Wamac Police Dept., Jefferson County Sheriffs Office, Illinois State Police, Okawville Police Dept., Pinckneyville Police Dept. K-9, Washington County Ambulance Service and Ashley Fire District.