Suspect in police car theft arrested: Masengale is nabbed today
by By GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
Jan 10, 2013 | 2758 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cleveland police and other area law enforcement early today took into custody the man suspected of stealing a police vehicle earlier this week.

Charles James Masengale, 29, had been taken into custody originally Saturday evening by officer J.R. Burnette after he had crashed his car. Amber Millaway, 20, Masengale’s girlfriend, was taken to SkyRidge Medical Center for treatment after Masengale crashed the car they were occupying. The car crash was near Georgetown Road and Westside Drive. Burnette attempted a traffic stop just prior to the crash.

Masengale had been placed in the backseat of the patrol car and while Burnette continued his investigation, Masengale reportedly worked his hands, which had been handcuffed behind his back, to the front of his body, climbed through a sliding window to the driver’s compartment of the cruiser and left the scene. He reportedly crashed the car just inside of Hamilton County near Mahan Gap.

According to reports, Cleveland Police Department Criminal Investigations Division detectives were among officials who searched addresses in three counties during the night. They were aided by the U.S. Marshals Service, Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, Hamilton County and Meigs County Sheriff’s departments in their search.

Investigators learned Masengale had a number of family members in the northwest Bradley and Hamilton County area. After crashing the CPD cruiser Saturday evening, he fled on foot near where he was reported to have family in the Mahan Gap area.

CPD information officer Evie West said detectives began following leads at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. West said law enforcement officers had been searching the homes in the area during the past few days.

“Detectives Daniel Gibbs and Eddie Bonnett located both suspects at a home in Bradley County, 2316 Old Harrison Pike, located in Bradley County,” said West.

According to West, the CPD detectives located Masengale hiding behind an entertainment center in the home of Crystal Smith, Millaway’s sister.

Masengale reportedly attempted to overturn the entertainment center to avoid being taken into custody.

“Minimal force was used to take Masengale into custody,” West said.

Millaway was also arrested, according to West.

Masengale and Millaway were taken into custody just after 2 this morning.

They were taken to the Bradley County Jail where Masengale was 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 a suspended license, leaving the 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 West.

“Millaway is facing charges of possession of Schedule II for resale and possession of drug paraphernalia.

West said today other charges could be pending as the investigation continues.