Wareham man charged with driving under the influence of drugs

Wareham Police photo: Matthew Goodchild

WAREHAM – A Wareham man is facing charges of driving under the influence of drugs following an accident Monday morning.

Wareham police responded to a reported single car crash into a guardrail at 9:30 a.m. in the area of 2680 Cranberry Highway.

On arrival, Officer Matthew Donovan noticed a 1998 Toyota Camry with extensive damage wedged onto the guardrail.

Based on the location of the vehicle and the debris, it appeared the vehicle crossed over the yellow road lines while traveling north on Cranberry Hwy. in the area Robertson’s GMC, then struck the guardrail on the opposite side of the road. Preliminary investigation shows the operator may have nodded off during the incident.

Officers said Matthew Goodchild, 31, was attempting to eat a can of fruit while swaying back and forth as he attempted to stand at the scene of the crash. Police said fresh blood consistent with a point of injection was noticed on Goodchild’s arm, which indicated possible drug use.

Goodchild allegedly failed field sobriety tests and was placed into custody for operating under the influence of drugs and marked lanes violations. Two empty pill bottles, 2 used needles, and a burnt spoon were found in Mr. Goodchild’s vehicle at the time of the arrest.   

Goodchild was arraigned on the criminal charges at Wareham District Court Monday.



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