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Watch: ‘Reckless’ dumpster truck driver caught smiling on camera before hit-and-run crash in Bellingham

Bellingham hit-and-run crash caught on camera
A 23-year-old man from Ashland was allegedly caught on camera speeding in a stolen truck before he collided with another vehicle in Bellingham.

An Ashland man was allegedly caught on camera last month driving 77 miles per hour in a stolen dumpster truck before he smashed into another car in Bellingham and drove away, police said.

Massimo Sweet, 23, was arrested by police in Rhode Island and confessed that he had taken “magic mushrooms” before taking his employer’s truck out for a drive and didn’t remember where the crash occurred, police in Bellingham said.

Video of the moments leading up to the Jan. 14 collision show him smiling as he zoomed past other vehicles on the road. At one point neither of his hands were on the steering wheel.

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“He narrowly avoids three vehicles before colliding with a fourth and then flees the scene of the crash before responding officers arrive,” Bellingham police wrote on Facebook.

The driver of the vehicle that was hit gave police a description of the truck, which had been reported stolen in Hopkinton, and its license plate number.

Sweet was later arrested in West Greenwich, R.I., and charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle.

According to a police report, Sweet approached a police vehicle and told the officer he wanted to turn himself in.

“The operator, later identified as Massimo Sweet, reported that he took ‘shrooms’ and has been driving around for the past several hours,” the report stated. “Sweet also reported that he believes he hit a person while driving but was unsure where or when.”

When police asked Sweet to explain how he ended up in West Greenwich, he said he works for 1-800-GOT-JUNK and decided to take a company truck for a spin.

“He stated he is currently homeless, and his boss had been allowing him to sleep/live at their warehouse on cold nights,” the report stated. “At some point tonight, he took magic mushrooms, causing him to begin seeing hallucinations. Sweet then locked himself out of the building and decided to take his work truck for a ride. Sweet stated he left his wallet and cell phone, bringing nothing with him and began driving around.”

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Sweet is due to appear in Milford District Court next month to face additional charges for negligent operation, leaving the scene of property damage, failure to stop, a marked lanes violation, and speeding, police said.

“Fortunately, no serious injuries were reported from this incident, but it is evident that this individual’s reckless behavior could have had catastrophic consequences,” Bellingham police wrote.



Emily Sweeney can be reached at emily.sweeney@globe.com. Follow her @emilysweeney and on Instagram @emilysweeney22.