LOWELL, MASS. (WHDH) - Police and several other public safety agencies are searching for a suspect near the Merrimack River in Lowell.

Officers said the pursuit began at 12:50 a.m. Wednesday, when Wilmington Police officers tried to pull over a van but the driver refused to stop. Officers said they chased the vehicle into Lowell, near the Tsongas Arena, but said the suspect ran off and may have jumped into the water. State Police, Lowell Police and Wilmington Police searched the Merrimack River and the surrounding area.

Officials said they secured the scene a few hours later with negative results.

Lowell residents are advised that there may be an increased public safety presence in the Merrimack River area during the search, which remains ongoing and has included an extensive search of the river and riverbanks with officers, K9s, a helicopter, drone, boats and divers.

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