Police Suspend Search for Man they Believe Jumped Into Merrimack River After Police Pursuit

Troopers say "there are some indications" he may have jumped into the river while trying to get away from law enforcement, but they have not found him

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A man may have jumped into the Merrimack River in Lowell after leading police on a chase early Wednesday morning, according to Massachusetts State Police.

The man is suspected of carjacking and assault and battery by a dangerous weapon, along with other charges, that occurred in Wilmington at around 12:30 a.m. in a business around the Main Street area, according to police.

Police say the individual drove onto the property of the business and allegedly threatened a couple of employees and directed them to leave their vehicle or they were going to get hurt.

Wilmington police officers tried to stop a van just before 1 a.m., but the driver did not stop and a chase started, according to MSP. The van came to a stop in Lowell, near the Aiken Street Bridge. The man proceeded to climb over a fence into an area along the banks of the Merrimack River , troopers said.

Authorities have since suspended the search for the man.

The suspect has not yet been identified.

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