For Immediate Release - March 25, 2011


Mateusz Chruscicki, 34, of 2 Duck Pond Road, Apt. 103, Beverly, pleaded not guilty today in Lynn District Court to charges of operating under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, two counts of leaving the scene of a property damage accident, and a marked lanes violation.

Judge Stacey Fortes-White ordered Chruscicki held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing, which is scheduled for March 31 at Lynn District Court.

Essex Assistant District Attorney Geoffrey Wood said that police received multiple 911 calls beginning at about 5:40 yesterday afternoon, reporting that a red Ford 350 pick-up truck had struck cars on Route 1 South and that drivers had suffered injuries.

Police first came upon a gray Toyota Camry in Lynnfield with heavy rear end damage in which its two occupants were hurt. The victims were transported on backboards to Lynn Union Hospital. The woman passenger was released after treatment, but the male victim suffered serious chest injuries and remains at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston.

Prosecutor Wood said that police then came upon a third victim in Saugus in a black Toyota Corolla. The defendant's truck allegedly hit the victim's vehicle with such impact that it slammed into the guard rail in the passing lane, then spun around twice before coming to rest near the entrance of the Papa Gino's on Route 1. The man said he would seek medical treatment on his own.

Chruscicki's vehicle then allegedly struck a gray Chevy sedan driven by a woman, and pushed that car into the parking lot of a car wash just before Prince Pizza. The woman was not hurt.

Immediately after that collision the defendant crashed into a telephone pole in front of Prince Pizza, and his truck was totaled. He was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston for treatment of his injuries. Officers arrived at the hospital shortly after 7 p.m. and placed the defendant under arrest.