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Man arrested in hit-and-run that left firefighter in critical condition

Paul Durgin was arrested and charged with leaving the scene of a vehicle accident with personal injury, reckless operation and assault with a dangerous weapon


By Tanner Stening
Cape Cod Times

SANDWICH, Mass. — A 28-year-old Sandwich man has been arrested in connection with a hit-and-run Friday that left an Onset firefighter in critical condition, according to a statement from the Wareham Police Department.

Paul J. Durgin of Farmersville Road was arrested Monday at Knights Inn in Centerville and brought to the Wareham Police Department. He was scheduled to be arraigned in Wareham District Court on charges of leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident with personal injury, reckless operation of a motor vehicle and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, the statement says. The Barnstable Police Department assisted in locating and arresting Durgin.

Paul Durgin was arrested in connection with a hit-and-run that left a firefighter in critical condition. (Photo/Wareham Police Dept.)
Paul Durgin was arrested in connection with a hit-and-run that left a firefighter in critical condition. (Photo/Wareham Police Dept.)

During the storm Friday night, a gray vehicle struck the 25-year-old firefighter near the intersection of Onset Avenue and Cranberry Highway while the Onset Fire Department was helping to block the road to traffic because of debris. The vehicle continued on Cranberry Highway toward Bourne without stopping, police said.

Wareham paramedics attended to the injured firefighter at the scene before he was brought to Rhode Island Hospital in Providence. He is undergoing treatment for "multiple serious injuries," the statement says.

Wareham police and the Massachusetts State Police launched an investigation to identify the driver of the vehicle. Using the Wareham Police Department's "Text-A-Tip" computer program, detectives discovered a gray or silver Subaru Forester hatchback at Knights Inn that had damage that matched the description from the collision, the statement says.

An investigation found sufficient cause to arrest Durgin as the driver, according to the statement.

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McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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