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"Isn't This America?" Swampscott Man Charged with OUI After Crashing Into Hardware Store

The following information was supplied by the Brookline Police Department. Charges listed do not indicate a conviction.

February 10

2:15 a.m.: Officers responded to a report of a traffic crash at the intersection of Harvard Street and Coolidge Street.

Three individuals who said that someone was trying to steal a truck and had broken a front window of the store flagged officers down.

Upon arrival, an officer observed a Ford F150 pickup truck stuck in a snow bank at the True Value Hardware Store at 438 Harvard Street. The vehicle was in the southbound lane facing northbound. The front window of the True Value window was smashed and there was the scent of burnt rubber in the air.

The driver was spinning the wheels while they were in the snow bank. The officer told the driver to stop hitting the gas. The driver said, “Ok, I will,” and kept hitting the gas. Then the driver climbed out of the truck. The officer told the driver to stay put, but he came out anyways.  

The driver was refusing to speak with an officer about how the accident occurred. The driver reportedly appeared unsteady on his feet and smelled of alcohol. When officers asked if the driver would submit to a field sobriety test, he reportedly began walking around with clenched fists. The officer reported that the driver approached him in a hostile manner, prompting the officer to tell the driver to back up.

Officers placed the driver under arrest. The driver kept shouting, “Isn’t this America?”

Jonathan McNutt, 30, of 108 Farragut Road, Swampscott was charged with operating to endanger and O.U.I. Liquor. 

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