A South Yarmouth man is facing O-U-I and child endangerment charges after a crash early Wednesday morning in Hingham. Sergeant Steven Dearth says officers were called to the scene on Route 53 where they found a car sitting in the middle of the road, after it hit an electrical box.
“The car was in the middle of the intersection and the traffic lights had gone out due to the crash,” Dearth said. “There were three people outside the car – the driver, the passenger, and their two-month-old infant.”
Dearth says officers began talking with the driver, 34 year old Justin Grant Kennaway, and it didn’t take them long to notice something was off. He had pinpoint pupils and didn’t seem to focus on the questions he was asked. He also couldn’t say which direction he was going or what town he was in, according to Dearth.
“The officer did see some injection marks on his arm, and he admitted that he injected Suboxone earlier in the morning,” Dearth said. “They did find half a Suboxone pill, and then a used hypodermic syringe underneath the front seat. So based on that, the officer placed the driver under arrest for operating under the influence of drugs.”
Kennaway complained of a leg injury at the scene, while the passenger said she was sore and the infant appeared to be unharmed, according to Dearth. Officers also found the infant wasn’t secured in the car when the crash happened.
“There was no base for this part of the car seat, so there was no way to seat belt it in. The backseat had items stored across it, so there was no room to fit an infant seat,” Dearth said.
A report was filed with the Department of Children and Families and a request was made to revoke Kennaway’s license. He was arraigned yesterday and held without bail on charges from another open case.