By Paul Tennant
---- — NORTH ANDOVER — A young man charged with striking a homeowner with his car as he fled the scene of a break-in Friday evening was released on his own recognizance yesterday.
Makenzie Schwartz, 17, of 1 Carriage Hill Road, Haverhill, pleaded not guilty to assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, a motor vehicle. Lawrence District Court Judge Kevin Gaffney continued the case until July 18. A 16-year-old Andover boy who was arrested with Schwartz is charged with breaking and entering and was arraigned in Juvenile Court.
Neighbors called police at 6:12 p.m. when they saw the 16-year-old enter a home at 22 Bixby Ave., according to the police log. When the boy left the house, he was confronted by the homeowner, Louis Daddario, 50, who demanded to know what he was doing there, according to a report filed with Lawrence District Court by Officer Jay Corr.
Daddario was returning from a short walk, Corr wrote.
The boy ran away from Daddario, got into a tan Toyota Sienna and told the driver, Schwartz, to “Go, go, go!” according to Corr’s report. The fleeing car hit Daddario’s leg, but he refused medical treatment, police said.
Daddario got the Toyota’s registration number and Officer Brendan Gallagher, working a private detail on Waverly Road, saw the suspect vehicle, according to Corr’s report. Pursuing the car in his own vehicle, Gallagher kept dispatchers apprised of the Toyota’s whereabouts, police said.
Police stopped the car at High Street and Crescent Drive in Andover, near the North Andover town line.