Hingham: Man gets 4th OUI charge

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A man from New Bedford is back in jail, charged with his 4th OUI after his arrest on Sunday. Hingham police say one of their officers noticed a truck weaving from lane to lane on Route 3A around 3 in the morning on Sunday.

They say the truck was going around 20 miles per hour in a 40 zone. As the officer began the stop, the truck crossed the Back River Bridge into Weymouth, almost hitting the side of the bridge, according to police. The officer pulled 51 year old Stephen Barnes over and tried to do some field sobriety tests, but they say they had to stop Barnes from falling over during them.

He was arrested and taken to the station, and police say he was passed out in the backseat by the time they got to the station. They found Barnes’ license had been revoked because of his previous OUI convictions. Two open containers of alcohol were found in his car. He was ordered held without bail with an arraignment set for today.

Under Melanie’s Law, anyone who is convicted with OUI that already had a suspended or revoked license because of a previous OUI conviction will serve a mandatory 1 year sentence in addition to any other jail time.

Stephen Barnes

Stephen Barnes

About Steve Burns

Steve comes to the South Shore by way of the Jersey Shore. Upon arriving at Emerson College in Boston back in 2010, and eventual graduation in 2014, Steve was immediately attracted to radio as an outlet for his reporting. Previous stops before the South Shore include WOBM on the Jersey Shore, WCCM in the Merrimack Valley, an internship at CBS Radio News' flagship station, WCBS 880 in New York City, and a few formative years at Emerson's WERS.