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Man accused of stealing police cruiser to be arraigned

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SALEM, N.H. (WHDH) - The New Hampshire man accused of leading police on a wild chase after stealing a police cruiser is set to be arraigned Monday.

Police in New Hampshire said an unruly driver zapped with a stun gun during a traffic stop, yanked out the barbs and fled, prompting a two-state pursuit early Saturday morning.

The commotion began just after midnight in Salem, when an officer pulled over Robert Zygarowski, 52, of Ellwood City, Pennsylvania. Police said he was uncooperative, and the officer shocked him.

According to police, Zygarowski pulled out the barbs, jumped in his car and sped away, beginning a chase that ended when his tire blew in Massachusetts. Zygarowski reportedly climbed out of his car, charged at the officer and fled in the marked cruiser.

Police found the cruiser not too far from where the suspect stole it.

Police said he later entered a Methuen gas station and announced he had weapons and planned to shoot officers. The clerk called police and as officers converged on the area, the suspect entered the kitchen of a local IHOP. He was later spotted walking along the rail tail near South Broadway and Zygarowski was arrested after another struggle.

He has been charged with two counts of simple assault, two counts of resisting arrest, reckless operation of a vehicle, disobeying an officer and criminal restraint.

One officer sustained minor injuries.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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