Updated 9:30 a.m.

Driver faces criminal charges after fleeing scene of car crash in West Wareham

Nov 8, 2017

Wareham Police responded to a single-vehicle accident in West Wareham on Tuesday in which the driver crashed into a utility pole, flipping his car, and fled the scene.

The accident occurred at approximately 6:30 p.m. on Cranberry Highway in the area of Weaver Street.

Police Chief Kevin Walsh said that the driver was the sole occupant of the vehicle. He noted there was "extensive damage to the pole and vehicle." According to a police press release, the car was turned over onto its roof and the utility pole was snapped at its base. A significant amount of blood was observed inside the car, but there was no one inside the car when police arrived.

Police found the driver, 41-year-old West Wareham resident Chad Buckingham, a mile away from the scene on Charlotte Furnace Road at 8:30 p.m. He was transported to Rhode Island Hospital Trauma Center by Wareham EMS for possible serious injuries.

Buckingham will be charged with leaving the scene of an accident after causing property damage, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, speeding and marked lanes violations. He will be scheduled to appear at Wareham District Court at a later date for arraignment.

The impact of the crash knocked down power lines, prompting a response from Eversource.

In addition to Wareham Police, Wareham Fire and Wareham EMS responded to the scene.