Saugus police open fire on car as vehicle is driven towards them; Stoneham man arraigned
A man and a woman were injured Monday when Saugus police opened fire on the car they were riding in after the man allegedly drove the heavily damaged vehicle in their direction, ending a police chase that began in Stoneham, officials said.
Jonathan Colleran was arraigned in Lynn District Court on multiple charges, including assault with a dangerous weapon, operating to endanger, speeding, failure to stop for police, and operating an unregistered and uninsured motor vehicle, officials said. Colleran had his bail revoked in four open cases in Middlesex County, according to Essex prosecutors, and will be held for 60 days.
Colleran, 31, lives in Stoneham, according to Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett’s office, which is prosecuting him for his alleged role in the pursuit in Essex County.
Stoneham police received reports at about 1 a.m. of an erratic driver on Washington Street. Police dispatched officers to the area, who after about 15 minutes, spotted a Toyota Camry, which prosecutors say was driven by Colleran, weaving through the town.
“When [the Camry] turned onto Main Street, it was weaving and going between 50 to 60 miles per hour in a 30-mile speed zone,” said Stoneham Police Chief James McIntyre
Stoneham officers put their lights on and tried to pull the Camry over, but the driver did not comply. As police chased the Camry, the driver hit a parked car, struck a wall, and drove through bushes before heading onto Route 128 heading north, McIntyre said.
The Camry hit a concrete median on Route 128, and drove in the breakdown lane before hitting speeds up to 100 miles per hour near Lynnfield.
The Camry was spotted minutes later by Saugus police heading south on Route 1. The front right tire was gone, exposing the metal rim.
Police pursued the Camry onto Beech Street in Saugus. As officers arrived at the scene, Colleran allegedly drove the vehicle in their direction and police shot at the car, prosecutors said.
“As police approached the defendant’s vehicle, he drove toward them and shots were fired,’’ Blodgett’s office said in a statement. “The defendant was transported to a Boston hospital with minor injuries and was released. ‘’
A 33-year-old woman riding in the car with Colleran was also injured during the incident. She was taken to an undisclosed hospital and treated and released, officials said. She is not facing charges.
Officials said it was not clear if Colleran and the woman were injured by the gunfire or as a result of the pursuit.
Mobile users unable to see the video, click here.Globe correspondent Jasper Craven contributed to this report. John R. Ellement can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @JREbosglobe.