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Manchester man who was injured when dragged by SUV is arrested for allegedly pointing gun during incident

MANCHESTER — A man hospitalized with a serious head injury after being dragged 30 feet by an SUV is now facing felony charges of criminal threatening and reckless conduct.

Police said Eric Rynasko, 30, of Manchester, threatened the driver of the SUV with a firearm during the altercation Sunday at 2 a.m. at Amherst and Ashland streets.

Lt. Michael Hurley declined to identify the driver of the 2013 Mazda CX-5 involved in the incident or the woman who was in the car with him, other than to say the woman is Rynasko's girlfriend.

Rynasko is accused of handling the firearm in a reckless manner before pointing it at the driver.

Hurley said Rynasko ended up being dagged because the driver stepped on the accelerator when he saw the gun.

Police recovered the weapon on Ashland Street.

Rynasko remains hospitalized in the intensive care unit at Elliot Hospital, where he is being treated for a serious head injury.

Hurley said the injury does not appear to be life-threatening.

Ashland Street resident Cheryl Peabody said she looked out her door Sunday morning to see a young white male sitting on the ground wiping his head.

A girl was standing next to him; both were well-dressed, she said. At one point, another girl came over, spoke to them and then departed.

Peabody said she heard no shouting before a fire engine arrived.

“My dog would bark, believe me,” she said.

(Reporter Mark Hayward contributed to this report)

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