• Stoneham man held after high-speed chase, driving at officers


    SAUGUS, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com/AP) – A Stoneham man was arraigned on assault and motor vehicle charges after he allegedly drove at police officers following a high-speed chase through Stoneham and Saugus early Monday morning.

    Jonathan Colleran, 31, was arraigned Monday on the following charges: assault with a dangerous weapon, operating to endanger, speeding, failure to stop for police, failure to stop/yield, marked lanes violation, and unregistered and uninsured motor vehicle.

    A judge revoked Colleran's bail on four open cases out of Middlesex County, which will hold him without bail for up to 60 days, and set personal recognizance in this case.

    According to police, the chase began at about 2 a.m. when officers tried to stop a car driving on Route 1 south with no front driver's side tire. The driver, later identified as Colleran, refused to stop and speeds reached 100 miles per hour. Colleran allegedly hit parked cars and other property in the process.

    Colleran eventually turned from Route 1 into Saugus and drove down Beech Street, a dead-end street, police said. He then allegedly drove at officers who, in turn, opened fire on the car.

    Colleran was shot in the chest, arm, and back. His girlfriend was shot in the arm. Both were taken to a Boston hospital where they were treated and released.

    Colleran is scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 2 for a pre-trial hearing. His attorney said this is a case of police brutality and that the officers used excessive force.

    Saugus police and Massachusetts State Police are investigating.

    Authorities are getting a search warrant for narcotics they believe are in Colleran's car.

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