Two in custody following high-speed pursuit through city


WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE — Two are in custody following a high-speed vehicle pursuit that entered the city Saturday afternoon.

At 3:15 p.m., the Washington C.H. Police Department assisted Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) troopers during a pursuit of a stolen 2012 Dodge Charger. The pursuit, which originated outside of Fayette County, entered the city through Clinton Avenue, where the driver, later identified as Hadeem Mahmoud, continued through the city at speeds of around 100 miles per hour, according to reports.

Police officers attempted to spike Mahmoud’s vehicle but were unsuccessful.

The chase continued through the city to Washington Avenue, where Mahmoud made a right turn onto Ely Street and crashed at the dead end. Mahmoud and two passengers fled from the vehicle and could not be immediately located, police said.

An OSHP air unit and the police UAV were involved in the search.

The two vehicle passengers were eventually located at the rear of Washington Cemetery after police received a citizen complaint. Neveah Armengau and a 17-year-old male were identified as the two passengers.

Armengau was subsequently taken into custody and charged with obstructing official business and possession of drug paraphernalia. The juvenile was also taken into custody and transported to the police department, where he was released to his legal guardian.

Mahmoud was located around four hours later on State Route 753 near US Route 22 after another citizen complaint, police said. He was taken into custody and charged with receiving stolen property and failure to comply. He also has charges pending through other agencies for similar offenses.

OSHP is the charging agency for the receiving stolen property and failure to comply charges.

“The police would like to thank the public for their vigilance and assistance with getting the driver and his passengers into custody,” read a statement from the Washington Police Department.

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