Stoneham man charged in police chase

A man and a woman were injured Monday when Saugus police opened fire on the car they were riding in after the man drove the heavily damaged vehicle in the direction of the police officers, ending a chase that began in Stoneham, officials said.

Jonathan Colleran was arraigned in Lynn District Court on a number of charges, including assault with a dangerous weapon, operating to endanger, speeding, failure to stop for police, and operating an unregistered and uninsured motor vehicle, officials said.


Colleran had bail revoked in four open cases in Middlesex County, Essex prosecutors said, and will be held for 60 days. Colleran, 31, lives in Stoneham, Essex District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett’s office said.

Stoneham police received reports at about 1 a.m. of an erratic driver on Washington Street.

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Police dispatched officers to the area who, after about 15 minutes, spotted a car that prosecutors say was driven by Colleran, weaving through the town.

“When [the car] turned onto Main Street, it was weaving and going between 50 to 60 miles per hour in a 30-mile speed zone,” said Stoneham Police Chief James McIntyre.

Stoneham officers put their lights on and tried to pull the car over, but the driver did not comply.


As police chased the car, the driver hit a parked car, struck a wall, and drove through bushes before heading onto Route 128 north, McIntyre said. The car hit a concrete median and drove in the breakdown lane before reaching speeds near 100 miles per hour near Lynnfield, officials said.

The car was spotted minutes later by Saugus police heading south on Route 1. Police pursued the car onto Beech Street in Saugus. As officers arrived at the scene, Colleran drove the vehicle in their direction and police shot at the car, prosecutors said.

“The defendant was transported to a Boston hospital with minor injuries and was released,’’ Blodgett’s office said.

A woman in the car was taken to a hospital and was treated and released, officials said. She is not facing charges.

Globe correspondent Jasper Craven contributed to this report. John R. Ellement can be reached at ellement
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