Man charged after police chase into Saugus
SAUGUS, Mass. --Jonathan Colleran plead not guilty to charges in court Monday after leading police on a high speed chase.
Colleran was one of two people shot after a police chase that started in Stoneham ended in Saugus.
He reportedly lead police on a high speed chase, reaching speeds higher than 100 miles per hour, early Monday morning.
Prosecutors say Colleran was cornered in a dead end when he turned his car around and started driving toward the officers. That’s when one officer fired several shots.
“One of the officers in fear for his own life and his brothers’ lives fired shots,” the prosecutor said.
Colleran’s lawyer said he was unarmed at the time he was shot.
“That man was shot three times by the Saugus police, that’s all that’s important,” defense attorney Alicia Andrews said.
Neighbors who were in the Saugus neighborhood where this occurred said they were scared for their lives.
“What I was thinking was I was scared to death because I didn’t know what was happening. We heard speeding, then police chasing. All we heard was sirens, sirens. The next thing you know, we heard like three shots in concession,” a neighbor said.
Several neighbors told 7News they heard those three shots, then a pause, then one to three more shots.
Neighbors also said they heard a car come speeding down the street. One neighbor who spoke with 7News said she went outside and saw the car driving on one rim with sparks flying and police chasing after them with sirens blaring. When the car got to the end of the street, the woman told 7News she heard at least three gunshots.
“We saw around the corner, you could still see the marks and sparks were flying. Then there were like four or five police cruisers following him,” Lucille Marciano, a witness of the chase, said.
Jonathan Colleran was driving the car and a woman was in the passenger seat. They were both hospitalized and released from the hospital Monday afternoon. Colleran was shot three times and the passenger was shot once.