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TRIAL EXCERPTS

The keys were in his pocket? ‘Not guilty’

An intoxicated teen said he crashed his vehicle and then handed the keys to police. At the trial, the judge found him not guilty.

The testimony

“He was driving around the corner and said that he just lost it”

In June 2009, Hingham police found the 17-year-old defendant standing near a crashed vehicle. The defendant said he was the driver and blew a .11 in a breath test, above the legal limit. Another person fled the car, so the heart of the case is whether the defendant was the driver.

Here, Officer David P. Jones recalls what the defendant told him that night.

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Judge Toby S. Mooney interrupts after a few more questions to say: 'By passenger, we mean another occupant in the car, correct?' The prosecutor agrees and the officer resumes his testimony.

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The defense

The defendant changes his story

In court, the defendant says that his friend was the driver.

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Later, Judge Mooney asks if the defendant's friend was intoxicated.

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No.

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The defendant confers with his attorney for a minute before the trial resumes.

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The verdict

“Somebody else handed him the keys”

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Tom Giratikanon / Globe Staff
Source: Audio recording of trial, police reports

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