Dracut man sought in attempted murder of Lowell officers


LOWELL — Lowell police are seeking a warrant charging a 48-year-old Dracut man with the attempted murder of two police officers after he drove a pickup truck at them as they tried to arrest him for breaking into a Mammoth Road home, according to police.

Capt. Timothy Crowley said officers were called to 307 Mammoth Road by a 911 call from a woman who said she needed help Tuesday at 2:03 a.m.

Officers arrived to discover that John Casey, of Dracut, forced his way into a woman’s apartment and threatened her before they arrived, Crowley said. Officers soon found Casey in a nearby driveway, inside his pickup with the engine running, Crowley said.

Officers repeatedly ordered Casey to turn off and exit the truck, Crowley said.

“Casey refused and began accelerating out of the driveway directly at the officers, who were in a tight space with little option to avoid being struck,” Crowley wrote in an email. “Casey accelerated forward and backward, then forward, striking a parked police cruiser and another building resident’s’ car.”

Officers then pursued Casey’s truck through the Highlands neighborhood and onto Route 3 north, at which point Lowell officers stopped the pursuit while Chelmsford, Tyngsboro and state police took over, Crowley said.

Police officers in New Hampshire continued the pursuit for a time after Casey crossed the state line, but eventually broke off pursuit, Crowley said.

Casey’s truck was later found in Litchfield, N.H., according to Crowley, but Casey was nowhere to be found.

Crowley said police are seeking a warrant charging Casey with two counts of armed assault with intent to murder for attempting to run down the officers, as well as counts of burglary — assault on the occupant, resisting arrest, failure to stop for police, and a variety of motor vehicle charges.

Crowley said Casey had not been located as of Tuesday night.

Anyone with information on Casey’s whereabouts is asked to call Lowell police at 978-937-3200 or Crimestoppers at 978-459-TIPS (8477). Tipsters can remain anonymous, but can receive up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest.

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