CARBONDALE — A Centralia man facing Class X felonies in both Perry and Washington counties from an incident occurring last August is still awaiting resolution in both cases.

Nathan C. Johnson was arrested Aug. 21, 2018, after reports allege that he was driving recklessly and fired a gun at Du Quoin Police officers when they pursued him.

According to an information sheet provided to The Southern detailing the charges, one of the officers at whom Johnson fired was then-Du Quoin Police Chief Leslie H. Vancil. After the Du Quoin officers lost sight of Johnson, he was later seen by Centralia and Wamac police officers.

Johnson was charged in Perry County with two counts of attempted first-degree murder, one count of aggravated battery, and two counts of aggravated discharge of a firearm.

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Johnson also faces similar charges in Washington County where he allegedly aimed a laser-sighted rifle at three police officers and fired at their vehicle. He allegedly did this while in the driveway of his home. He later fled into the woods, where he was apprehended.

He is charged with multiple aggravated assault counts and one count of aggravated discharge of a firearm in Washington County.

According to court documents from Washington County, Johnson, who is being held in Washington County, is scheduled for a plea hearing at 10 a.m. Friday at the Washington County Courthouse. If he does not accept the plea deal he will go to a jury trial at 9 a.m. Aug. 19.

Court records website Judici does not have any hearings or a plea listed in Perry County. 

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