Police drone finds unconscious driver after crash in Hingham

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HINGHAM — An unconscious man was located in a wooded area by a police drone early Saturday after he fled from a car crash on Lincoln St., according to the Hingham Police Department.

Officers responded to the scene of a single-vehicle crash at 4:23 a.m. on Dec. 30, where they discovered a 2020 Chevrolet Suburban that had struck a tree and spun to a stop near a utility pole.

The vehicle had been traveling south at a high speed when it veered off the road near 169 Lincoln St., resulting in a tire and part of the axle being torn off.

A witness reported that the driver, who had been alone in the SUV, ran from the scene after being informed that 9-1-1 would be called.

Blood on the driver’s side airbag and an investigation of the crash site prompted officers to launch a police drone to aid in the search, alongside a Hingham Police K9 and a Massachusetts State Police K9.

The drone quickly located a man lying face down in the wood line near Bremer Circle.

Officers found the man unconscious but were able to wake him after a short period.

They noted the strong smell of alcohol, glassy and bloodshot eyes, and found items with the man’s name in the Suburban, identifying him as the driver.

The 23-year-old Quincy man matched the description provided by the witness.

The driver was transported by ambulance to South Shore Hospital and issued citations for operating under the influence of alcohol, leaving the scene of a property damage crash, negligent operation, marked lanes violation, and speeding.

His name has not been released as he was not arrested but will be summoned to court at a later date to face the charges.

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