A Youngstown man who led police on a two-state chase and threatened to use explosives against them pleaded guilty June 3 in Mercer County Common Pleas Court to charges of fleeing police and terroristic threats.

Yousef A. Adhami, 38, a former Farrell man who still owns a home in the city, also had been charged with reckless endangerment and threatening to use weapons of mass destruction. Prosecutors agreed not to pursue those charges.

The incident occurred at about 10:45 a.m. Jan. 7. A Hubbard Township patrolman clocked a red Dodge Neon traveling 69 mph in a 35 mph zone on state Route 304, and began pursuing him, Pennsylvania State Police said.

The driver refused to stop and entered Shenango Township on state Route 318. Southwest Mercer County Regional police picked up the pursuit, which ended when the man drove into a corn field off Mercer-West Middlesex Road, between Lebanon Church and Greenfield roads, in Lackawannock Township, state police said.

When Adhami got out of the car, he warned police to get back. He said he had explosives and would use them against police, police said.

State and Southwest police negotiated with him while West Middlesex volunteer firefighters closed a one-mile stretch of the road, police said.

Adhami was arrested after about two hours. A policeman was able to get close enough to spray him with pepper spray.

Members of the Allegheny County Police Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit searched the car, but found no explosives.

Adhami admitted to a drug problem at an earlier court hearing.

Adhami has been free on his own recognizance since March 13.

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