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Woman aids arrest of alleged drunk driver in Hingham

Man, 51, arrested on OUI charge

George L. Beal pleaded not guilty to all charges in court in Hingham.

George L. Beal pleaded not guilty to all charges in court in Hingham.

A woman who narrowly avoided being hit by an alleged drunk driver on Route 128 in Dedham early Sunday morning followed the car for some 20 miles, helping Hingham police locate the driver before he was arrested in the parking lot of Hingham District Court, police said.

According to Hingham police, the Taunton woman, whom police did not identify, was driving in Dedham around 12:40 a.m. Sunday when a vehicle driven by George L. Beal came into her lane from the far left lane of the roadway.

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The woman avoided a collision but then followed the car onto the South Shore, where she contacted Hingham police while both vehicles were traveling on Route 3A South, Hingham police Sergeant Steven Dearth said.

An officer parked in the lot of the Rotary Club of Hingham and Hull saw the car pass and tried to pull it over.

The car finally stopped in the Hingham District Court parking lot, and the driver spoke to the officer, police said.

Beal seemed confused, smelled of alcohol, and had bloodshot eyes, according to Dearth.

Beal told the officers he “had a couple of beers and a Captain and Coke,” but didn’t think he was drunk, said Dearth.

Beal, 51, was arrested and charged with his second operating under the influence offense and driving to endanger.

He pleaded not guilty to all charges in Hingham District Court on Tuesday.

He was released on his own recognizance, according to the Hingham District Court clerk’s office.

According to Dearth, Beal’s first operating under the influence offense occurred in 2005, when State Police arrested him in Fall River.

Beal is scheduled to return to court June 2 for a pretrial hearing, according to the clerk’s office.

Jacqueline Tempera can be reached at jacqueline.tempera
@globe.com
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