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Scanner Tales: Stories from Hingham police log

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  November 4, 2011 04:01 PM

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A Weymouth man was arrested in Hingham late Thursday after allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol.

Police said that they observed a 1997 BMW traveling north on Lincoln Street/3A at 11:53 p.m. cross over the centerline into the oncoming southbound lane. It then swerved back into the northbound lane and drove between the two northbound lanes.

The car crossed over the center line one additional time before the officer pulled the car off at the entrance to Shipyard Drive.

The officer said he detected a strong odor of alcohol on the driver, who admitted he had “a couple of drinks earlier” in the evening, police said.

The driver’s eyes were allegedly red and glassy, and he performed several unsteady sobriety tests before being placed under arrested by the officer.

His vehicle was towed from the scene.

Robert F. Gruszka, 42, of Weymouth, was charged with O.U.I (alcohol) third subsequent offense, operating to endanger, and a marked lanes violation.

The third offense was based on prior arrests and convictions – one in Weymouth in 1997 and another in Hingham in 1999, police said.

Gruszka was released on personal recognizance from the police station. Following his arraignment on Friday, Nov. 4, he was held on a $500 cash bail and sent to the Plymouth County House of Correction.

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