A call Friday morning reporting a car driving erratically in Hingham Square led to the driver being arrested for Operating under the Influence of Drugs 5th Offense. His driver’s license had already been revoked.
On Friday, officers were dispatched to report of a car “all over the road” on North Sreet. in Hingham Square. A motorist reported the car had been crossing over the center line, drove past a stop sign, and had just struck a parked vehicle while attempting to parallel park on North Street.
The driver climbed out of the car, was stumbling on the sidewalk, and was having an argument with the owner of the car he hit.
Officers saw the driver standing in the road near his car. The driver said he may have hit the parked vehicle. Officers noticed his speech was very slow, and he was unsteady on his feet. He admitted to having taken several prescription medications earlier. He attempted a series of field sobriety tests and was swaying almost falling over. The driver was arrested by Officer John Walden for Operating under the Influence of Drugs. He was examined by paramedics and did not need medical attention. At the police station, Officer Joel Salituri, a Drug Recognition Expert, evaluated the driver.
The driver, 66 year-old Francis O’Loughlin of Hingham, faces three charges: 1) Operating under the Influence of Drugs 5 th Offense 2) Driving with a Revoked License 3) Operating to Endanger. The 5th offense charge is based on O’Loughlin’s four previous convictions for Operating under the Influence of Alcohol. O’Loughlin’s car, a 1995 Toyota Corolla, was towed from the scene. O’Loughlin’s Massachusetts driver license has been revoked since 2009 due to out of state alcohol violations in Florida. He was released by the Clerk Magistrate on personal recognizance for his arraignment on Monday, in Hingham District Court.