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man was arrested driving a stolen car early Sunday morning. An employee at business
had left their car running to warm up in the parking lot.
18, 2018 at 1:36am an employee of the 99 Restaurant at 428 Lincoln St. reported
his car, a red 2009 Ford Fusion, was missing from the parking lot. The employee
had started his car 15 minutes earlier to warm it up before leaving. A video showed
a man wearing an orange jacket walking toward the car before it was seen driving
out of the lot.
time later while an Officer was still in the 99 Restaurant lot he saw a red
Fusion drive from Beal St. onto Lincoln St. passing by the front of the restaurant.
After it passed the cruiser, it made a U-turn on Lincoln St. and accelerated,
heading toward the Back River Bridge and into Weymouth. The Officer lost sight
of it as it crossed over the bridge but saw it again after it turned right onto
Neck St. He caught up to the Fusion and verified it was the stolen car. He
signaled it to pull over near the Weymouth Boat Ramp on River St. as another
Hingham and Weymouth Officers arrived.
Fusion pulled over and the driver, who was wearing an orange jacket, was placed
under arrest without incident. Officers then recognized him by name as homeless
person from the area. He said he was staying in a tent in Bare Cove Park in Hingham.
He said his propane ran out, which he uses to keep warm, and he feared he could
die from the overnight low temperatures. Due to his prolonged exposure to the
cold, he was treated at the hospital. Upon his release he was booked at the
Hingham Police station.
was John D. Hastings, age 59, who previously lived in Hingham. He was charged
with Larceny of a Motor Vehicle and Operating after License Suspension
(Subsequent Offense). He was held on $250 cash bail at the Plymouth County
House of Correction for his arraignment at Hingham District Court on March 19,
2018. ### Contact: P.I.O. Sgt. Steven Dearth