Police chase: Carjacker leaves five injured

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    By Jill Harmacinski
    Staff writer


    PEABODY — A carjacker who fractured a woman's skull to steal her sedan touched off five-mile chase that ended when he broadsided a car waiting at a stop light last night, police said.

    Jorge Jovel, 22, of Everett, broke his leg when he slammed the just-stolen Mercury Sable into a white Lexus, with four people and a dog inside, at the busy Route 1 north jughandle intersection at 6:15 p.m.

    Two people in the Lexus were freed from the wreckage by Peabody firefighters. Everyone in the car was hurt and taken to area hospitals for treatment. Police, who said the injuries did not appear to be life-threatening, did not identify the victims last night.

    Just minutes before the crash, police said Jovel carjacked a 35-year-old woman — who tried to thwart the crime — outside the 7-Eleven convenience store at 100 Lynn St. After pushing the woman to the ground, police said he wildly tried to back the Sable out of the parking lot with the driver's side door open. The assault fractured the unidentified woman's skull, and she was taken to Salem Hospital by ambulance. The specific cause of the skull fracture was not available last night.

    Peabody Police Sgt. William Cook just happened to be passing the 7-Eleven last night when he saw the Sable barreling out of the lot in reverse. Cook, thinking the store had just been robbed, pursued the car, activating lights and sirens. But Jovel took off, leading Cook on what police described as a "moderate-speed" chase on Lynn, County and Lynnfield streets, onto Goodwin Circle Lynnfield and then Route 1 north.

    Cook said once Jovel got onto Route 1 north "he really opened it up," weaving in and out of traffic and speeding ahead of the officer. When he reached the intersection just past Bennigan's restaurant, an area known as a "jughandle" because it allows drivers to reverse direction onto Route 1 south, Jovel lost control, slicing through a traffic island and plowing into the Lexus.

    All four people in Lexus are relatives of a state trooper who works on the North Shore, police said.

    Jovel is facing a lengthy list of criminal charges, including: carjacking; receiving a stolen car; assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, a motor vehicle; driving to endanger; and failure to stop for a police. Held on $100,000 cash bail, Jovel was hospitalized last night at Lynn Union Hospital. Police were uncertain if he'd be arraigned in a hospital bed or in Peabody District Court this week.

    Charges against Jovel may be pending in Everett, where he is a suspect in another carjacking that occurred in that city earlier Sunday, police said.

    The vehicle he allegedly stole in that carjacking, a 2005 Honda Civic, was recovered in Peabody, on Veterans Memorial Drive, just minutes before Jovel allegedly carjacked the woman at 7-Eleven last night, police said.

    Detective Scott Richards and patrolmen Eric Ricci, Sean Dowd and Joseph White assisted with last night's investigation. State police also assisted Peabody patrolmen at the crash scene.

    Staff reporter Jill Harmacinski can be reached at (978) 338-2652 or by email at JHarmacinski@ecnnews.com.
     
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