HINGHAM (FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) – A Hingham woman was arrested for operating under the influence of alcohol on Sunday morning after she pulled into a gas station with her car on fire and two flat tires.
Barbara Ann Bearden, 49, of Weymouth, is facing several charges, including operating under the influence of alcohol, operating to endanger, leaving the scene of the accident after causing property damage, and failure to stay within marked lanes.
Police responded to the Mobil gas station on Summer Street around 10:07 a.m. for a report of a car on fire, as well as a driver who was unsteady on her feet.
After being checked by paramedics, the driver spoke with officers. She told them she thought she struck a curb at the nearby Route 3A rotary.
An investigation revealed that Bearden reportedly traveled off the road while heading north on Route 3A, struck a guard rail at least once, and flattened both passenger side tires. She continued northbound driving on the rims which created flames underneath the vehicle.
The driver then pulled off the road into a gas station and stopped within 15 feet of the gas pumps that were in use.
A 45-year-old Hingham resident who was pumping gas and a gas station employee used a nearby fire extinguisher to put out the flames. They also assisted the driver out of and away from the vehicle.
Officers arrived on scene and saw that Bearden appeared to be lethargic, had glassy and bloodshot eyes, had slurred speech, and had the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on her breath. After a series of sobriety tests, she was placed under arrest.
Bearden was released on personal recognizance for her arraignment on Oct. 9.