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Man arrested, car stolen off Hingham’s High Street

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  May 8, 2013 02:41 PM

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Hingham Police are investigating whether the arrest of a Boston man and the theft of a car, both on High Street early Monday morning, are related.

According to police, at 1:44 a.m., an officer patrolling a familiar area of High Street saw a truck that he had never seen before parked on the side of the road.

A man was sitting in the driver’s seat, and the officer went over to him to ask what he was doing in the neighborhood.

According to police, the man said that he had met a girl on Facebook that morning, and that he was on his way to her house when he had gotten lost.

When the officer asked for identification, the man allegedly admitted that he didn’t have a license because it had been suspended. A computer search also showed the suspect had several outstanding warrants for his arrest, police said.

Keon Lamont Austin, 27, from Boston was arrested and charged with driving with a suspended license.

A few hours later, another incident happened on the same street, where someone allegedly stole a car from of a High Street driveway.

Police said the car was unlocked, and the car keys were in the vehicle.

According to police, the car owner ran out of the house and tried to stop the car, but it took off at a high rate of speed.

An officer nearby on Cushing Street saw the car and started to follow it.

Police said a chase ensued, leading onto Route 3 and then onto Interstate 93 northbound. Once the car got on I-93, Hingham officers stopped their pursuit, due to the high rate of speed and the unsafe driving conditions of the suspect.

Police are investigating if the two incidents are related.

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