Grand jury to review case involving stolen police car
by GREG KAYLOR, Banner Staff Writer
Jan 17, 2013 | 1098 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
After a preliminary hearing in Bradley County General Sessions Court this week, Charles James Masengale is now scheduled for a March appearance in Bradley County Criminal Court after a grand jury reviews his case.

Sessions Court Judge Sheridan Randolph dismissed a weapons violation charge.

Masengale, 29, was accused of stealing a Cleveland Police car Jan. 5. He had been taken into custody after crashing his car.

Masengale and his girlfriend, Amber Millaway, 20, reportedly crashed their car on Georgetown Road and Westside Drive Saturday evening. Cleveland Police officer J.R. Burnette attempted a traffic stop on the car just prior to the crash.

Burnette took Masengale into custody and Millaway was taken to a local hospital for treatment after being injured in the crash.

Masengale was placed in the rear seat of Burnette’s patrol car. He was handcuffed behind his back, according to reports.

While he continued the investigation, Burnette was in the process of questioning a witness when Masengale reportedly was able to get his hands in front of his body and crawl through a sliding window/partition into the driver’s compartment of the police car.

Masengale fled toward Hamilton County, crashing the car just inside that county near Mahan Gap. He reportedly had a number of relatives in the area and was located five days later by Cleveland Police Department detectives, the U.S. Marshals Service, Bradley County Sheriff’s Office and Hamilton and Meigs County law enforcement.

Masengale was originally charged with felony counts of possession of Schedule II for Resale (suspected methamphetamine), possession of drug paraphernalia, theft over $10,000, evading arrest, reckless endangerment and convicted felon in possession of a firearm

Masengale's misdemeanor charges include driving on suspended license, leaving scene of an accident, reckless driving, violation of financial responsibility and violation of registration.

Masengale was found to have other outstanding warrants from Hamilton County on separate instances as well, according to Evie West, information officer for the Cleveland Police Department.

Millaway was arrested and charged with possession of Schedule II for resale and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Her case was also bound over to a Bradley County Grand Jury.