A Weymouth man was arrested in Hingham on Thursday after allegedly driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident.
According to police, at 6:36 p.m. Thursday, officers responded to a report of a hit-and- run crash at the intersection of Main Street and Middle Street.
The victim reported that she was stopped at the intersection when her van was hit from behind. The driver that hit her stepped out, told her they needed to exchange information, but then climbed back into his vehicle and drove away, she said.
The victim, a Hingham woman who had three children in the car at the time, said the driver was staggering on his feet.
The vehicle fled onto School Street, the victim said, and she gave police a description of the car and its license plate.
Officers began checking the area, including inside nearby Wompatuck State Park.
An officer was soon flagged down by another motorist in the park, who said that a vehicle the same description of the suspect’s almost struck him and another vehicle as it drove farther into the park.
Officers found the vehicle in the park and spoke to the driver. His speech was slurred, his eyes were red, and he smelled strongly of alcoholic beverage, police said.
According to police, the suspect admitted he had been in a crash, but said it was in Weymouth and that he had “worked it out with the other guy.” The suspect admitted to drinking a couple of beers.
Police searched the car, and said they found a half-empty bottle of schnapps, an empty bottle of vodka, two empty beer cans, an unopened bottle of wine, a cooler full of iced beers, and several types of prescription pills, for which the suspect had no prescription.
After several field sobriety tests, Arthur Sullivan III, 49, from Weymouth, was arrested, police said, and the vehicle was towed.
Police said the suspect had a “Z” restriction on his license, which requires an ignition interlock device in the car. Although the man had the device in the car, it was unplugged and not working. The man admitted that he removed it several days earlier, police said.
As a result, Sullivan was charged with OUI alcohol – third offense, tampering with an ignition interlock device, operating without an ignition interlock device, driving to endanger, driving with an open container of alcohol, leaving the scene after causing property damage, failure to use care when stopping, possession class B substance – subsequent offense, possession class C substance – subsequent offense, and four counts of possession class E substance.
The two previous OUI charges are from Quincy in 1990 and Marblehead in 2004.
Sullivan was held overnight at the Hingham Police Station on $1,000 cash bail. He was arraigned Friday at Hingham District Court where he was ordered held without bail until a dangerousness hearing on June 5 at 9 a.m.