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A man who had been sought by Reading police in a search that started Easter Sunday appeared in court Monday where he was ordered held pending a dangerousness hearing, Middlesex District Attorney Marian T. Ryan’s office said.

Brian English was arrested early Monday after crashing his vehicle in Reading, ending a chase that started on Easter Sunday after police, including SWAT units, arrived in the Hillside Road neighborhood where the 30-year-old suspect lives, authorities said.

English allegedly held a woman hostage for two hours, prosecutors said. He is accused of beating her, threatening her with a knife, and cutting her hair.

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The victim escaped through a window and was treated at a local hospital, prosecutors said.

“Following the attack, in an attempt to evade police, the defendant allegedly continued to demonstrate dangerous behavior during the operation of his motor vehicle before he was successfully apprehended,” Ryan said in a statement.

Reading police said on their Facebook account that the response to the Hillside Road neighborhood was due to an “isolated, nonrandom incident.’’

Officers from North Reading, Woburn, Wakefield, and Stoneham assisted in the investigation.

English was arrested on a variety of charges including kidnapping, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and intimidation of a witness, prosecutors said.

He also faces charges of operating under the influence of drugs, operating to endanger, failure to stop for a police vehicle, speeding, a marked lanes violation, and a stop sign violation from the Sunday incident, prosecutors said.

English appeared in Woburn District Court Monday where a judge ordered him detained pending the dangerousness hearing sought by prosecutors.

He will return to court on April 4.


Globe correspondent Mina Corpuz contributed to this report. John R. Ellement can be reached at ellement@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @JREbosglobe. Sean Smyth can be reached at sean.smyth@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @smythsays.

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