A Weymouth man was arraigned today after he was found by Weymouth police officers allegedly driving drunk with a child sitting in the front seat of his van, authorities said.
The child was not wearing a seat belt, according to Weymouth police.The child was turned over to her mother, and reports were forwarded to the state Department of Children and Families, police said.
According to police, officers responded shortly before 5 p.m. on Friday to a report of a hit-and-run crash on Norton Street in the South Shore town. The driver of the second vehicle directed police to a vehicle being driven Michael J. Tompkins II, 40, of Weymouth.
Tompkins was driving a Chevrolet van when he hit another car in the vicinity of Norton Street without stopping, said Weymouth Police Captain James Mullin.
Police caught up to the van on Westminster Road and continued following it onto Washington Street. “He got to a different part of town…despite the fact that there was a police car behind him with lights and sirens,” Mullin said.
After Tompkins pulled over in the parking lot of a pub on Washington Street, police asked him to get out of the car.
“Immediately upon exiting the car, the officer found him unsteady on his feet, smells of alcohol, and the standard tests were performed,” Mullin said.
Sitting in the front passenger seat of the van was a 6-year-old girl, who has the same last name as Tompkins, Mullin said. She was not wearing a seatbelt, Mullin said.
No injuries were reported, Mullin said.
Tompkins pleaded not guilty today at Quincy District Court today to with operating a vehicle under the influence of liquor, second offense, child endangerment while operating under the influence, failure to stop for police, leaving the scene of property damage, and negligent operation of a motor vehicle, according to David Traub, spokesman for the Norfolk County District Attorney William R. Keating.
Tompkins was also issued a citation for having a child between the ages of 8 and 12 in the car without a seat belt, Traub said.
Bail was set at $2,500 cash. He is due back in court July 10.
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