Calls From Drivers Lead to Third Offense Drugged Driving Arrest

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Calls from drivers, including a school bus driver, of a truck driving erratically including onto the sidewalk led to the arrest of a driver for third offense operating under the influence of drugs.

On Tuesday, March 12, 2024 at 3:40pm several drivers called to report that a truck was driving erratically (not staying in one lane and crossing into the oncoming lane). The truck then cut off a school bus and drove through two red lights and onto the sidewalk twice on Lincoln St. (Route 3A). As an Officer neared the truck, the truck struck the jersey barrier approaching the Back River Bridge. The truck stopped on Bridge St. in Weymouth. Weymouth Officers assisted at the scene.

The driver showed signs of allegedly being under the influence of drugs and was unable to complete a series of field tests. Officers found four small straws and a plastic bag with a white powder residue inside the truck. He had three outstanding arrest warrants and had an expired license. The driver was arrested by Hingham Police.

The driver, Michael Joseph Sweeney, age 47, of 65 Washington Park Drive, Norwell, MA, was charged with 1) Operating Under the Influence of Drugs 3rd Subsequent Offense (which is a felony) 2) Driving to Endanger 3) Unlicensed Operation 4) Marked Lanes Violation. After booking he was ordered held without bail by a bail commissioner. He was held overnight at the Plymouth County House of Correction for arraignment at Hingham District Court on March 13. A request was sent to the Registry of Motor Vehicles to have his license suspended as an immediate threat. ### Contact P.I.O. Lt. Steven Dearth

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