- Associated Press - Friday, January 9, 2015

CHEHALIS, Wash. (AP) - A man who had been charged with assaulting a police officer as he escaped from municipal court in Centralia now faces only misdemeanor charges.

The felony assault charge was reduced Thursday to obstructing because there didn’t appear to be intent to harm the officer who fired a shot into the fleeing man’s car.

The Chronicle reports (https://bit.ly/149Xv3X) 22-year-old Phillip A. Pinotti of Adna is expected to enter pleas next week to the obstruction and remaining escape and evidence tampering charges.

Pinotti fled the courtroom last month when an officer was trying to handcuff him. He ran to his car and drove away as the officer shot out a car window.

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Information from: The Chronicle, https://www.chronline.com

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