Hingham: 71-yr-old man plays cop and stops an alleged drunk driver

A 71-year-old man took on the role of police officer Sunday evening when he saw a vehicle being operated erratically in Hingham.

A man driving North on Route 3A noticed that the BMW in front of him was swerving between lanes and suspected that the driver was intoxicated.

According to Sergeant Steven Dearth, the man didn’t only call Hingham police but he tried to stop the driver on his own, “When they pulled up to the traffic light, the light was red and he stepped out of his car and approached the driver of the car, which is a BMW, and told him he shouldn’t be driving because he was drunk. So the man pulled over on his own and waited until the officers got there.”

When police arrived, 44-year-old Bradford Belding of Avalon, Connecticut was asked to exit his vehicle. He allegedly fell against his BMW’s rear window and officers had to help him get back on to his feet.

Two children, a 7-year-old and a 10-year-old, were in the backseat of the vehicle.

Hingham police also smelt alcohol inside the car which was coming from an open container.“There was a spring water bottle that had the cap off it; we’re alleging it had hard alcohol, hard liquor inside of it,” says Sergeant Dearth

The Connecticut man was arrested for driving drunk, driving with a suspended license, negligent driving, and child endangerment.

Belding was scheduled to be arraigned in district court Monday.

Bradford Belding of Avalon, CT

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With a Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies from the University of Massachusetts-Boston under her belt, Trisha McNeilly joins us full-time as a general assignment and breaking news reporter having previously interned for WBZ-1030 AM in Boston. A South Shore resident her whole life, McNeilly grew up in Pembroke and is 22-years old.