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Penn. Man Arrested After Assaulting Police Officer, Prompting Two-State Pursuit

A Pennsylvania man was arrested and charged with assault, after leading police on a long, two-state pursuit early Saturday morning.

The chase for 52-year-old Robert Zygarowski, of Ellwood City, Pennsylvania began shortly after midnight in Salem, New Hampshire, when Officer Adam Pearson pulled him over for a traffic stop. Police say Zygarowski was uncooperative so Pearson tased him with a stun gun.

man arrested after assaulting police officer

Robert Zygarowski was arrested after leading police on a two-state pursuit after he assaulted a police officer. (Salem Police Department)

Police detail what happened next:

Zygarowski pulled out the barbs, assaulted Pearson, then jumped into his car and drove off, prompting a chase that ended when his tire blew in Lawrence, Massachusetts. When Pearson ordered Zygarowski and two others to get out of the vehicle, Zygarowski charged at the officer and fled in the marked cruiser.

Zygarowski detained the other two passengers until officers from surrounding police departments arrived at the chase. They found the abandoned cruiser a short distance away with no damage and all of its contents untouched.

A short time after, a man matching Zygarowski’s description was spotted at a gas station in Methuen, Massachusetts, saying he had guns and was going to shoot officers, prompting the clerk to call police, authorities said. As police used dogs to search the area, Zygarowski was found walking into and through the kitchen of an IHOP restaurant.

Police surrounded the area and finally corned Zygarowski who was walking a nearby trail, where another brief fight broke out.

Zygarowski was finally arrested and charged with assault, resisting arrest, and other offenses. The other two people in the car were questioned and released without any charges. One told police officers that he asked multiple times to be let out of the car while Zygarowski was driving, authorities said.

Zygarowski refused the services of a bail commissioner and waits in county jail for his arraignment Monday.

Pearson sustained minor injuries from the assault. He was treated at a hospital and has since been released.

Penn. Man Arrested After Assaulting Police Officer, Prompting Two-State Pursuit

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