A man from South Yarmouth was charged with Massachusetts Drunk Driving Charges following a crash in Hingham, including Operating Under the Influence of Drug and Child Endangerment by OUI, Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle and Possession of a Class B Substance.
According to the Hingham Police Department, the driver crashed his car at a Hingham intersection, striking the electrical box at the intersection on Route 53. Along with a front seat passenger in the car, the driver had his 2 month old infant in the back with the car seat unsecured.
Hingham Police allege that the driver was suspected to have been under the influence of drugs and noticed injection marks on his arms. The driver alleged admitted that he had injected suboxone earlier that day. Officers also allegedly found prescription medication and a used hypodermic needle under the driver's seat and in the man's pockets.
The Massachusetts OUI / DUI Crime of Child Endangerment While Operating Under the Influence of Drugs was enacted several years ago with the passing of "Melanie's Law", which essentially criminalized the operation of a vehicle with a child passenger while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
A person convicted of Child Endangerment While DUI / OUI as a first offender may be committed to the house of corrections for a minimum of 90 days and up to 2.5 years; as well as face a mandatory license suspension for 1 year.
A second offender will face 3-5 years in state prison; or 6 months to 2.5 years in the house of corrections; along with a mandatory driver's license suspension of 3 years.