SALEM — The initial call to police was about a fight. Then an accident. And then a carjacking.
Now, it will be up to a judge to sort out just what happened Friday night in an area near Salem Hospital, Salem High School and an old apartment complex.
Three men are currently being held without bail in the bizarre chain of events, which apparently began on Highland Avenue near Willson Street when Isaiah Davis, 23, of 10 Heritage Drive, allegedly rear-ended a Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by Brian Scott, 41, of Wakefield.
Scott's front-seat passenger, Edward Kehoe, 39, of Saugus, told officers that after they were struck by Davis's Honda CRV, they saw the Honda go around them and take off, so they followed, down the road, to Heritage Drive.
Davis, for his part, denies hitting the Jeep. He said he first noticed the Jeep when he saw the driver flashing his headlights behind him on Colby Street. Then, on Heritage Drive, he said, the two men in the Jeep pulled him out of the Honda and began to fight with him.
At some point, Kehoe got behind the wheel of the Honda and began driving it away, over some curbing and grass, leaving a trail of auto parts along the road.
The fight resumed a short distance away, then moved back to the original location.
Two residents saw parts of the confrontation — including one man whose Toyota Highlander was damaged when the Jeep somehow backed into it.
Kehoe and Scott, meanwhile, say Davis got out of the Honda and confronted them, hitting Kehoe with an object on the back of his head. Kehoe was later taken to Salem Hospital to have the wound treated; his attorney told a judge on Tuesday that he received 12 staples. Scott says Davis was "drilling" him with punches during the confrontation. He also said he thought Davis had stabbed Kehoe.
They say Kehoe drove the Honda away to prevent Davis, who they say was driving erratically, from driving it.
All three men were arrested. Davis, who is charged with assault and battery causing serious bodily injury, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and leaving the scene of a property damage accident, was arraigned Monday in Salem District Court, where he was ordered held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing Friday.
Kehoe and Scott, who were both charged with carjacking and assault and battery, were allowed to post bail and appeared in court on Tuesday — where they were promptly taken back into custody at the request of a prosecutor, pending a dangerousness hearing on Thursday.
Kehoe is also facing charges of driving to endanger, driving with a suspended license and illegal possession of the prescription drugs gabapentin, used to treat nerve pain, and clonidine, a sedative used to treat high blood pressure and ADHD.
Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @SNJulieManganis.