Hingham police have arrested a man accused of drunk driving after they allegedly found him driving under the influence with two children in the car.
According to police, officers were called by a 71-year-old man at 6:50 p.m. on Sunday, who said that he was driving behind a car that was being operated erratically.
When police arrived at the intersection of Chief Justice Cushing Highway and East Street, officers found the witness and the suspect’s car pulled over.
The witness told police that the car was “all over the road”. When the vehicles stopped at a red light, the witness approached the driver and told him he should not be driving. The driver then pulled over and the witness pulled up behind him, putting his hazard lights on.
Police said that two children, ages 7 and 10, were also inside the BWM that was being driven by the suspect. When officers arrived, the vehicle was still running and the car was in drive, police said.
According to police, the operator had extremely slurred speech, very glassy eyes, and smelled of alcohol. He was allegedly swaying as he sat in the driver’s seat.
The man denied he had been drinking and agreed to perform some field sobriety tests. As he stepped out of the car, he allegedly fell against the rear driver door and began stumbling.
An officer grabbed him to prevent him from falling, police said. Officers attempted to perform field sobriety tests but stopped them for the safety of the operator, police said.
Police said the man eventually admitted he had drank two beers. However, an open water bottle in the front cup console smelled heavily of hard liquor, police said.
The suspect, a 44-year-old Connecticut man, was arrested and charged with OUI Alcohol, two counts of OUI with child endangerment, driving with an open container of alcohol, driving to endanger, and driving with a suspended license.
His right to operate in Massachusetts was additionally suspended pending payment of a reinstatement fee.
The suspect was held on $250 cash bail at the Plymouth County House of Correction. He will be arraigned on Oct. 1.
The two children were transported to the police station and picked up by their mother. A 51A was filed on behalf of the children with the Department of Children and Families, police said.
Already in 2012, Hingham Police have had 349 calls for erratic operation, police said. Police are encouraging others to call in instances like this.