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Hingham Scanner Tales: Man charged with OUI fifth offense; carjacking injures woman

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  September 9, 2013 12:09 PM

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Man charged with OUI fifth offense

A Hingham man was arrested on Friday and charged with driving under the influence of drugs, police said.

According to police, officers were dispatched at 10:56 a.m. Friday to a report of a car “all over the road” on North Street in Hingham Square.

The witness told police the car was crossing over the center line, drove past a stop sign, and struck a parked vehicle while attempting to parallel-park on North Street. The witness said the suspect climbed out of the car and was stumbling on the sidewalk, having an argument with the owner of the car he hit.

Officers arrived and saw the driver standing in the road near his car. The driver said he may have hit the parked vehicle. According to police, the suspect’s eye pupils were as small as pinpoints, his speech was very slow, and he was unsteady on his feet.

The man admitted to having taken several prescription medications earlier. Police asked him to perform several sobriety tests but the suspect couldn’t complete them, police said.

Francis T. O’Loughlin, 66, of Hingham was arrested and charged with operating under the influence of drugs (fifth offense), driving with a revoked license, and operating to endanger. Under Melanie’s Law, charges of OUI third offense or more are felonies.

O’Loughlin had previously been convicted for operating under the influence of alcohol in Concord District Court in 1975, Brighton District Court in 1984, and Florida in 1991 and in 1992.

His Massachusetts driver's license had been revoked since 2009 due to the out-of-state alcohol violations in Florida.

The suspect’s car, a Toyota Corolla, was towed from the scene. The parked vehicle that was struck, a 2009 BMW 335l, was not towed. The driver of the BMW was inside the car when it was hit, but she was uninjured.

The suspect was released on personal recognizance and was to be arraigned on Monday, Sept. 9, at Hingham District Court.

Carjacking injures elderly woman

Hingham police are looking for a man accused of harming an elderly woman in a carjacking at Linden Ponds.

According to police, the incident appears to be connected to an armed robbery that took place earlier at a Weymouth business near the Hingham town line.

Hingham police were dispatched at 3:41 p.m. on Friday to Linden Ponds, a senior residential complex near the Weymouth town line, to look for two armed robbery suspects who had allegedly fled toward the area.

As officers were responding, witnesses reported seeing a man approach an 85-year-old woman in her car. The man allegedly demanded the woman’s keys and pulled her out of the car, throwing her onto the pavement.

The suspect did not show a weapon. Several witnesses who saw the incident reported it immediately.

The suspect drove out of the complex and made a left onto Whiting Street heading south. A witness last saw the suspect turning onto Derby Street toward Weymouth.

Officers established a perimeter and searched for the second suspect while Linden Ponds went into a lockdown. A short time later, the lockdown was lifted when Weymouth police reported that they had a suspect in custody and were no longer searching for a second suspect in the area.

The victim of the carjacking was treated at the scene and assisted to the hospital by family members.

Police later found the carjacked vehicle, a 2000 Lincoln Town Car, abandoned in Quincy. Police are still looking for the first suspect.

The incident remains under investigation by Hingham and Weymouth police.

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