Standoff in Mercer County follows chase from Ohio

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An Ohio man held law enforcement officers from Ohio and Pennsylvania at bay for about two hours last night after a pursuit that began in Ohio and ended in Mercer County.

Yousef Abdel Adhami, 38, of Youngstown, had been chased for about eight miles by Ohio authorities into Lackawannock Township before he was cornered in a corn field just before 11 p.m. last night, Pennsylvania state police said.

After Mr. Adhami drove his vehicle off Greenfield Road he skidded to a stop about a quarter mile into the field, police said.

Before he surrendered, Mr. Adhami claimed to have been laden with explosives, which he threatened to use against the Pennsylvania and Ohio troopers and officers from the Southwest Regional Police Department.

Police and firefighters from West Middlesex closed Greenfield Road, also known as Route 318, for about a mile while they negotiated the suspect's surrender.

After about two hours, he was taken into custody.

Explosives experts from the Allegheny County bomb squad searched the area, but no bombs were found, state police said.

Mr. Adhami was to be arraigned today in Mercer County on charges of making terroristic threats, threatening to use weapons of mass destruction, reckless endangerment, and attempting to elude police officers.

He was being held in the Mercer County Jail on $75,000 bond, police said.

The incident occurred in the same region where police yesterday shot a man following a chase. Police said the man, Darren Millhoff of Farrell tried to run them down after they had finally stopped his car. Mr. Millhoff was in critical condition.


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