A suspected drunk driver who stayed at the crash scene and drank a malt liquor beverage has been arrested after crashing his car into a telephone pole in Scituate on Friday morning.
According to Scituate police, 20-year-old Justin Tartaglia was arrested and taken into custody after the crash on Route 116, according to Scituate police.
Police said they got a report of an erratic driver around 6:30 a.m. on Friday. The caller followed the driver and claimed he drove through the pole at the far end of the intersection with William Henry Road. According to the police, the caller said the driver initially appeared to attempt and flee from the scene but then chose to stay and began drinking a Mike’s Hard Lemonade.
Responding officers said Tartaglia was intoxicated upon arrival. After asking him to exit his vehicle, police said they saw a kitchen knife on the center console close to the beverage.
According to the police, Tartaglia did “poorly” on field sobriety tests, and when asked about what led up to the crash, he told the officers he was new to the area and when his GPS instructed him to “turn right now,” he did so.
Tartaglia was arrested and charged with driving under the influence, transportation of alcohol by a minor, possession of a prohibited weapon other than a firearm, and two counts of possession of false identification.
Police said Tartaglia was also cited for refusing to submit to a chemical test, the presence of an alcoholic beverage in a vehicle, failure to maintain proper control of a motor vehicle, and operating a motor vehicle without evidence of insurance.