Man charged with felonious assault in early Saturday event

YOUNGSTOWN — Craig Washington, 31, was arraigned Monday on charges of felonious assault and misdemeanor domestic violence and reckless operation in connection with a Saturday incident on Commerce Street downtown in which he is accused of injuring a woman with his car.

According to a Youngstown police report, officers around 1 a.m. observed a silver car in the parking lot of the Circle Hookah and Bar on West Federal Street driving in reverse very quickly with a woman standing at the driver’s side window.

The vehicle stopped and then accelerated rapidly out of the parking lot with the woman still holding onto the driver’s side door, the report states.

The vehicle was swerving and driving off of the road, “leading the female to be thrown from the vehicle in the middle of the street,” the police report states. The vehicle then turned onto Hazel Street from Commerce.

The officers pulled over the car and arrested Washington, who was the driver. He was charged with domestic violence because he and the injured woman have children together, the report states. He was taken to the Mahoning County jail.

The woman was taken to St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital for treatment. The city’s surveillance cameras on Commerce Street captured the incident, the report notes.

During Washington’s arraignment, he was set for a preliminary hearing at 10 a.m. April 29 on the felony and was set for a second hearing at 10 a.m. April 29 on the two misdemeanors.

Bond was set at $30,000.

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