Jonathan Sevoich, 32, of Saugus, is facing numerous charges after allegedly driving the wrong way on Route 1 and striking five other vehicles.
Shortly before 9 p.m. on March 17, Saugus Police were notified that a vehicle was traveling northbound on the southbound side of Route 1. While en route, officers were also informed that Sevoich had hit five vehicles in the parking lot of York Ford. In addition, an eyewitness told police that Sevoich got on Route 1 at the Route 99 split before the crash at York Ford. A short time later, officers located Sevoich’s Hyundai Elantra, which had sustained major front-end damage, thus causing the airbags to deploy.
Sevoich allegedly refused to get out of the vehicle and, therefore, had to be removed. He then attempted to evade police on foot; however, he was ultimately restrained. Sevoich was later treated at an area hospital for injuries he sustained to his chin and knees during the struggle with police.
According to police, a “brown powdery substance” believed to be heroin was reportedly found in Sevoich’s vehicle as well as other drug paraphernalia.
Sevoich was subsequently charged with Operating Under the Influence of Drugs (second offense), Possession of a Class A Substance, Failure to Stop for Police, Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Leaving the Scene of a Property Damage Crash and Driving Down a Restricted Way. He was also wanted on a number of outstanding warrants.
Sevoich was scheduled to be arraigned in Lynn District Court on March 18. Under state law, if convicted, Sevoich could face up to nine years in prison and up to $13,500 in fines.