“The situation escalated so rapidly, the chase was already on before backup arrived,” he said.
Pearson gave chase. The pursuit moved on to Interstate 495 south, then on to Route 114 west in Lawrence and through the downtown until the left rear tire on Zygarowski’s vehicle blew, stopping the car on Essex Street.
Speeds ranged from 45 mph to as high as 80 mph on the highway, Patten said.
“I don’t think, at any point, it reached excessively high speeds,” he said yesterday.
Once the car stopped, the three men were ordered out and complied — briefly.
Zygarowski charged at Pearson, ran past him and took off in the officer’s marked cruiser.
That left the two-year Salem officer on a Lawrence street with the two male passengers, no help and no cruiser.
The backup Salem officers were in pursuit, through Haverhill and onto the highway, but they didn’t know where they were headed.
In unfamiliar territory in Lawrence, Patten said, Pearson was calling out street names, but didn’t know exactly where he was when the chase ended.
Pearson restrained the two passengers until help arrived in the form of officers from Lawrence and Massachusetts State Police. Salem officers arrived shortly after.
The cruiser was soon found less than a mile away on Merrimack View Court with no damage and nothing missing.
At that point, officers from Salem, Lawrence, Massachusetts State Police and the Essex County Sheriff’s Department were all searching for Zygatrowski.
“We definitely appreciated all the help,” Patten said. “It was a great team effort between Massachusetts and New Hampshire agencies.”
Methuen became involved when they received a call from a clerk at Ted’s Mobil on Route 28. The store worker told police a man matching Zygarowski’s description had come in, claimed to have weapons and said he was going to shoot police.