Rowley Man Arrested after Trying to Stab Methuen Cop with Hypodermic Needle

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November 30, 2019

A 28 year old  Rowley man is under arrest today after leading police on a chase through the city and onto Rt. 495.

Police say they saw Jacob Potts doing drugs in the parking lot of Holy Family hospital early Saturday afternoon. When officers Keating and Sawyer approached the suspects car he tried to stab Officer Sawyer, putting the car in drive and fleeing the scene.

Police followed Potts but eventually lost him. Minutes later Officer Hatem saw the suspect on Jackson Street and continued the pursuit to route 495 near exit 48 where they were joined by Massachusetts State Police.

Officers pulled over the car and arrested Potts.

He was booked by Methuen police and is being charged with;

* Assault and Battery with a dangerous weapon (hypodermic needle).

* Failure to stop for police

* Assault with a dangerous weapon (motor vehicle)

* Resisting arrest

* Reckless operation of a motor vehicle

* Posession of a Class “A” substance (.84 grams of fentanyl

* Possession of a Class “B” substance (2.54 grans of cocaine)




Tom Duggan

Tom Duggan

Tom Duggan is president and publisher of The Valley Patriot Newspaper in North Andover, Massachusetts. He is an author, host of the Paying Attention TV/Radio Program, lectures on media bias and police issues, is a former Lawrence School Committeeman, former political director for Mass. Citizens Alliance, and a 1990 Police Survivor. You can email your comments to

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