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Police chase ends when suspect’s car flips in Hingham

The chase lasted for about nine miles, an official said.

Hingham Police Department

The chase lasted for about nine miles, an official said.

A high-speed chase involving several police vehicles began at Scituate High School Wednesday morning and continued through three South Shore towns — ending about nine miles away when the car flipped over in Hingham.

Around 10 a.m., the Scituate Police Department responded to a call of an “unwanted male party” at the high school, Scituate police said in a statement.

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The school was immediately put on lockdown, and police quickly located the male in a motor vehicle outside the building, police said.

Several police cars began chasing the unidentified driver in Scituate, said Cohasset Police Chief William Quigley. The chase continued on Route 3A North in Cohasset to Route 228 South, into Hingham Center, and ended about 20 minutes later when the car overturned at the intersection of Central and Emerald streets in Hingham, Quigley said.

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The operator of the vehicle was taken into custody and transported to South Shore Hospital for minor injuries, Scituate police said in their statement. No other injuries were reported.

The driver is in the custody of Scituate police, and the lockdown at Scituate High School has been lifted, Scituate police said.

Scituate police said local police are familiar with the individual as because has had “issues” with the school before, but did not elaborate on what the issues were. The individual’s name wasn’t released, and it was unclear whether he had any affiliation with the school.

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A picture tweeted by the Hingham police showed a blue motor vehicle overturned on Central and Emerald streets.

“I saw him lying on the ground. He was not moving,” said Sandra Cleary, 71, a Central Street resident, of the suspect. “I guess he’s OK. I thought he was dead.”

Cleary said she heard a “hard bang” and ran outside to see the crash. She described the sound of the accident as “a very loud smack,” like the “unmistakable sound” of “a vehicle hitting a tree.”

Crews towed the vehicle out of the area, and Central and Emerald streets have reopened.

A picture tweeted by the Hingham Police Department shows a car overturned on Central and Emerald streets.

Hingham Police Department

A picture tweeted by the Hingham Police Department shows a car overturned on Central and Emerald streets.

Globe correspondent Kiera Blessing contributed to this report. Trisha Thadani can be reached at trisha.thadani@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @TrishaThadani.
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