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New Hampshire

June 24, 2014

Man held on $500K after two-state chase

Zygarowski says being bipolar, hard of hearing led to problems

SALEM — Robert Zygarowski, 51, cupped his hand around one ear during his video arraignment from the county jail yesterday morning on multiple charges from a police chase through two states early Saturday morning.

Zygarowski told 10th Circuit Court Judge John Korbey being hard of hearing was one of the contributing factors in his troubles.

And troubles the Ellwood City, Pa., man has.

Korbey agreed to prosecutor Jason Grosky’s request that Zygarowski be held on $500,000 cash or surety bail.

As Zygarowski himself said, “That’s quite a high bail.”

But he’s facing quite a list of charges, too.

Those charges include three felonies — two counts of criminal restraint and one of reckless conduct with a deadly weapon — and six Class A misdemeanors — two counts of simple assault on a police officer, two counts of resisting arrest, one count of disobeying a police officer and one count of reckless operation.

Zygarowski told the judge during his arraignment he needed to be in “psychiatric treatment or a hospital.” But, for now, he’s in the county jail.

He also told Korbey he’s bipolar and was supposed to see his psychiatrist tomorrow to get his medication sorted out.

When asked where he lived, Zygarowski said he lived with his brother in Pennsylvania, but was in the area because his father is deathly ill.

The procedure opened with Korbey telling Zygarowski he didn’t have to proceed with the bail hearing without benefit of counsel. But Zygarowski chose to move forward.

“I’m unclear how this whole thing works here in New Hampshire,” he told the judge. “But we can proceed without an attorney. Will I have a chance to explain or rebut?”

Korbey said he would have that opportunity, but Zygarowski didn’t say anything about the charges he faces, nor the circumstances that led to them.

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