Cyclist, cars hit by driver, Chelsea police say
An 18-year-old allegedly driving under the influence of drugs struck a bicyclist and five vehicles before he was arrested in Chelsea Monday night, police said.
When Joseph Piasecki of Chelsea drove past a police officer on Broadway near Bellingham Square at about 7:40 p.m., the officer noticed that Piasecki’s vehicle had a damaged front end and a headlight out, police said in a prepared statement. Recognizing the make and model as matching that of a car reported involved in an earlier accident from which the driver fled, the officer attempted to stop the vehicle, but Piasecki kept driving.
Piasecki drove slowly for about three blocks and then accelerated and lost control, striking two parked vehicles and then hitting the bicyclist before running into another three parked vehicles, police alleged.
The cyclist, a 48-year-old Chelsea man, was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital and is expected to recover.
Piasecki, who was also also injured, was taken to Whidden Hospital in Everett and was discharged later that night.
He was allegedly under the influence of a Class C drug, a category that includes prescription drugs. Piasecki’s 15-year-old passenger was not injured but was taken to the hospital as a precaution, police said.
Piasecki pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Tuesday in Chelsea District Court to charges of operating under the influence, motor vehicle violations, and illegal possession of a Class C drug. The police investigation is continuing.
Piasecki was ordered held on $2,500 cash bail and is scheduled to return to court for a pretrial hearing on Jan. 9.