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Man charged with child endangerment, OUI in Hingham crash

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  September 5, 2013 02:24 PM

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A South Yarmouth man was charged in Hingham with operating under the influence of drugs and child endangerment, after allegedly crashing a car while driving high with his two-month old infant in the car.

According to Hingham police, officers were dispatched to a crash at the intersection of Whiting Street and Cushing Street.

The car had heavy front-end damage and both air bags had deployed, police said. No other cars were involved in the accident.

According to police, the car had been traveling south on Whiting Street (Route 53) and drove off the road, striking a large traffic control electrical box at the intersection. The impact pushed the box backward and disabled the traffic lights.

When police arrived, they said the driver, a passenger, and the couple’s two-month-old infant were outside the vehicle. The driver had a leg injury, and the passenger complained of minor pain. The infant appeared unharmed.

Though the infant was in an infant carrier, officers said they found no base for the carrier that would allow the infant to be secured with a seat belt. Police said the rear seat also had items stacked on it so the car seat could not be secured.

13043393 005.jpgAccording to police, the driver and passenger both gave contradictory statements about where in the car the infant was at the time of the crash.

Officers who spoke to the driver said his eyes were red and he was unable to tell what direction he had been driving in, the town he was in, or what town he was coming from.

Police said they saw injection marks on the man’s arms. When asked about it, the man allegedly admitted injecting Suboxone that morning.

Police also found half of an Adderall pill in the driver’s side door and an uncapped used hypodermic syringe under the seat. Additional unused syringes were found in the man’s pockets.

Hingham Fire Department paramedics examined the three at the scene, and all were transported to South Shore Hospital, where they were treated and released.

The vehicle, a 1999 Nissan Altima, registered to a relative from Rhode Island, was towed from the scene. The man had a Rhode Island license, but did not have any license status in Massachusetts although he is now a Massachusetts resident.

After being released from the hospital, the driver was transported back to the police station where drug recognition experts further evaluated him.

Justin Grant Kennaway, 34, from South Yarmouth was charged with operating under the influence of drugs, child endangerment while operating under the influence, reckless operation, unlicensed operation of a vehicle, reckless endangerment of a child, child under eight without a car seat, marked lanes violation, and possession of a Class B substance (Adderall).

Kennaway was arraigned Sept. 4, at Hingham District Court. Judge Francis Marini revoked his bail on an open case and set bail at $1,000 on the new charges.

A 51A was filed with the Department of Children and Families on behalf of the infant. Also, a request for Kennaway’s right to operate be suspended as an Immediate Threat was filed with the Registry of Motor Vehicles.

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