Drunk Driver Crashed Vehicle, Killed Passenger Shortly After Nearly Striking Police Cruiser

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Duquense, PA – A drunk driver who nearly collided with a Duquense Police Department patrol car at a high rate of speed ended up crashing moments later, ejecting and killing his female passenger. This happened in July. Today, the driver was formally arrested and charged with homicide by vehicle and other charges.

According to police, on July 23, 2022, Duquesne Police requested the assistance of the Allegheny County Police Homicide and Collision Reconstruction Units.

“At approximately 3:20 a.m., a Duquesne officer on patrol in a marked police vehicle was almost struck by a black Cadillac Escalade on Duquesne Boulevard (State Route 837),” police said. “The Escalade continued past the police vehicle and struck a civilian vehicle. The Duquesne officer attempted to stop the Cadillac. The driver fled the scene, and the Duquesne officer initiated a pursuit following the Cadillac into West Mifflin. The officer lost sight of the Cadillac on Camp Hollow Road.”

The Allegheny County Police Department issued the following statement regarding this investigation:

The Cadillac continued onto Camp Hollow Road and almost struck two flaggers at the construction zone located at the intersection of Camp Hollow Road and Lebanon Church Road. The driver lost control and crashed at the entrance of the Allegheny County Airport. The Cadillac rolled over, and the driver and his passenger were ejected from the vehicle.

The passenger of the vehicle, Barbara Mohammad, 32, of McKeesport, was pronounced dead at an area hospital. The driver, Eugene McLemore, 36, of Duquesne, was treated for injuries from the crash.

After completing an investigation and consulting with the District Attorney’s Office, detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Eugene McLemore charging him with homicide by vehicle, driving under the influence of alcohol, recklessly endangering another person, reckless driving, and fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer. McLemore was taken into custody today and transported to the Allegheny County Jail for arraignment.

Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call the Allegheny County Police Tipline at 1-833-ALL-TIPS (1-833-255-8477); callers can remain anonymous. The department can also be reached via its social media sites.

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