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Hingham Man Faces Fifth OUI Charge

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Francis T. O'Loughlin of Hingham was arrested on Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, on OUI and other charges. (Credit: Hingham Police Department)

Francis T. O’Loughlin of Hingham was arrested on Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, on OUI and other charges. (Credit: Hingham Police Department)

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HINGHAM (CBS) — A 66-year-old Hingham man is facing a felony charge of OUI (drugs) fifth offense after he struck a parked vehicle in town Friday morning, the police said in a prepared statement.

At about 10:56 a.m., police officers were dispatched to investigate a car “all over the road” on North Street in Hingham Square. A motorist reported a 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 police said.

The witness reported the apparently intoxicated driver was arguing with the owner of the BMW he had struck.

When officers arrived, they saw Francis T. O’Loughlin standing in the road near his 1995 Toyota Corolla. The 66-year-old said he may have hit the parked BMW and admitted he had taken several prescription drugs earlier in the morning, the police said.

After failing a series of field sobriety tests, O’Loughlin was arrested, according to the police. The Thaxter Street resident faces three charges: operating under the influence of drugs (fifth offense), driving with a revoked license and operating to endanger.

O’Loughlin’s Massachusetts driver license has been revoked since 2009 because of state alcohol violations in Florida, the police said.

He was released on personal recognizance and faces arraignment Monday at Hingham District Court.

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