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Pa. man will go to trial for two-state chase
Robert Zygarowski, 52, of Elwood City, Pa., appeared Thursday in 10th Circuit Court, Salem Division. (JAMES A. KIMBLE/Union Leader Correspondent)
A lawyer for Robert Zygarowski, 52, of Elwood City, Pa., argued in court on Thursday that police showed no evidence to support felony reckless conduct and criminal restraint charges.
Judge John Korbey disagreed and sent the case to superior court after testimony Thursday in 10th Circuit Court, Salem Division.
Zygarowski briefly got control of a Salem police cruiser and drove it a few blocks while the pursuit came to a halt along Essex Street in Lawrence, Mass., police said.
Officer Steven McPherson testified that he recalled hearing Pearson’s radio plea for assistance from other officers, saying, “I’ve been assaulted. I deployed a Taser. It had no effect.”
During the pursuit, Zygarowski sped along Route 97 east into Haverhill, Mass., and cut through its downtown before getting on Interstate 495 and driving to Lawrence, according to McPherson’s testimony.
Pearson reported over the police radio, “He’s getting in my cruiser. He’s getting in my cruiser. I have him at gunpoint,” according to McPherson.
“I happened to see movement on my left side, so I turned my spotlight on,” he said. Zygarowski was smoking a cigarette and refused to go to the ground when ordered at gunpoint.
Zygarowski remained held on bail Thursday at the Rockingham County jail.
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