Police say a man beat his mother with a pipe after she asked him to shovel snow outside their house.
Barry Sylvester, 38, slammed his mother’s head against the hardwood floor several times, kicked her in the chest and knelt on her throat nearly choking her, police said.
The mother, who is 57, managed to dial 911 from a phone that may already have been in her hand, Police Chief Michael Ohrenberger said.
She was shaking and crying on the steps when officers arrived late Tuesday night. She indicated her son had run out the back door into the woods, prompting a 90-minute chase, Ohrenberger said.
Officers on foot and in cars chased Sylvester several miles through the snowy woods and into neighboring Duxbury before arresting him outside a barn behind a house on High Street.
His injured mother initially declined to go to a hospital, but drove herself there Wednesday, Ohrenberger said.
Sylvester arrived at the house about 11 p.m. Tuesday after a daylong storm left several inches of fresh snow on the ground.
Police gave the following account:
Sylvester refused his mother’s request to do some shoveling before coming in the house. When she refused to let him in, he became enraged, burst past her into the house and attacked her.
She grabbed a pipe to fend him off, but he grabbed it and beat her with it, and then proceeded to knock her to the floor and kick her.