• Driver allegedly smashes into Wareham garage, damages parked car, leaves scene

    By: Jim Morelli

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    Police are summoning a Wareham driver to court, accusing him of plowing his vehicle through a garage early Sunday morning before driving away.

    The incident happened along Cranberry Highway around 1:30 a.m. Sunday, with the sound of a car smashing into the Wareham auto reconditioning garage ringing through the area.

    Somehow, Wareham native Bill McCain slept through it all, despite the damage taking place right next door.

    "I thought someone just smashed and broke into the garage, took whatever they wanted," McCain said. "But, that wasn't the case."

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    Skid marks on the highway indicated the spot where police say a driver veered right onto McCain's property Sunday morning.

    "He must have been airborne, hit the ground and drove right through here," McCain said.

    Somehow, after causing all the damage, the car sped away.

    "During the investigation, we determined that the vehicle that caused the damage was not on scene and shortly after, within a quarter of a mile, Wareham Police tracked down the vehicle that was in question," Wareham Assistant Fire Chief John Kelley said.

    Wareham Police told Boston 25 News the driver will be summoned to court and charged with negligent operation of a motor vehicle, and leaving the scene after causing property damage.

    Aside from the structure, two cars in the shop also took hits, including a classic Mustang.

    One thing that escaped the damage was a 1966 Corvette, undergoing a painstaking renovation. 

    By sheer luck, the Corvette was recently placed on a lift and hoisted off the ground.

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    McCain bought the Corvette almost 30 years ago, and recently found time to restore it. But, now that he's got the time, he'll have to find a new place to do it.

    "They condemned the building this morning," McCain said.

    McCain left some parting words for the driver accused of wrecking and running, telling them to take action to fix their mistake.

    "Get yourself a hammar and a saw and some nails and let's go," McCain said. "Put it back together."

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