Reward offered for man in theft
by By GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
Jan 07, 2013 | 1989 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A reward is being offered for the arrest of a man who allegedly commandeered a Cleveland police car and crashed it in Hamilton County.

Charles James Masengale, 29, had been arrested Saturday evening by officer J.R. Burnette, according to officer Evie West, information officer for Cleveland Police Department.

Masengale was taken into custody after he reportedly crashed his car “at the corner of Georgetown Road and Westside Drive.”

Prior to the crash, Burnette attempted a traffic stop on Masengale as he traveled on Guthrie Drive, according to West.

After the crash, Masengale was taken into custody and placed in the rear seat of Burnette’s patrol car as Burnette continued his investigation. Amber Millaway, 20, was a passenger inside the Masengale vehicle. Bradley County Emergency Medical Service transported Millaway to SkyRidge Medical Center for treatment.

While investigation continued and Millaway was being treated prior to transport to the hospital, Burnette reportedly located suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia inside the vehicle Burnette had crashed.

“While the officer was speaking with an eyewitness, the suspect (Masengale) gained control of the police vehicle and fled the scene,” West said.

According to West, Masengale had been handcuffed with his hands behind his back. Masengale had managed to slip his hands in front of his body and gained access to the driver’s compartment of the patrol car through a sliding window.

Officers notified 911 dispatchers that a CPD patrol car had been stolen and other officers and law enforcement officials pursued the car westbound on Harrison Pike.

Masengale reportedly crashed the patrol car just over the Hamilton County line and then fled on foot.

According to West, he was still believed to be handcuffed and could still be in the area in Hamilton County.

Lt. Robert Harbison of the Cleveland Police Department Criminal Investigations Division said today that Masengale reportedly has family members in the area where he crashed the patrol car.

According to Bradley County Jail records, Masengale had listed his address in Harrison after he had been incarcerated at the jail on aggravated burglary charges in 2009.

West said today that charges against Millaway are pending as investigation continues.

Anyone having information regarding Masengale’s whereabouts is asked to contact local law enforcement at 728-7311.