3-year-old uninjured after mother overdoses, crashes car in Wareham

Mar 24, 2018

A 3-year-old was uninjured when the child’s mother crashed her car off Glen Charlie Road Friday afternoon after overdosing on heroin, according to Wareham Police.

The driver, 34-year-old Jocelyn MacRoberts of Long Pond Road in Plymouth, was found slumped over the wheel near 144 Glen Charlie Road at approximately 2 p.m. after hitting bushes and a snowbank. Upon arrival, Sgt. Peter Flannery and Officer Nate Aronson found mother and child locked in the car, not knowing the if they were injured. Officers broke a rear window to gain access and assess both.

MacRoberts was suffering from an apparent drug overdose and was treated at the scene. Police said an investigation confirmed MacRoberts used heroin prior to the crash.

Other than the overdose, MacRoberts was not injured. Her child was also unharmed. Police noted the child was in a car seat at the time of the crash, but the seat was not properly secured.

MacRoberts was then taken to Tobey Hospital for treatment while her child was taken to the Wareham Police Department to await the arrival of family members.

MacRoberts was not arrested at the scene because she required medical treatment for the overdose. She has been summoned to Wareham District Court to face the following criminal charges: operating under the influence of drugs, first offense; operating after suspension; operating to endanger; child endangerment while operating under the influence; marked lanes violation; failure to properly restrain a child under 5.

Police Chief Kevin Walsh explained that police use the summons process for cases when suspects require medical treatment following an incident. He said MacRoberts remained in the hospital on Sunday.

“The normal course of police action is to file the appropriate charges against the person, using the court summons process,” said Walsh. “This process is used when the patient has been charged with the offenses as if the physical arrest was made, but cannot obviously occur because the person is incapacitated.”

Wareham Police noted that because MacRoberts was not arrested, a booking photograph is unavailable.

Comments (13)
Posted by: cranky pants | Mar 24, 2018 18:04

Wow, someone was looking out for the little one. From Plymouth but happened where, yup.

Posted by: cranberry bog | Mar 25, 2018 07:34

I just hope the little one was taken by healthy family members instead of yet another tramatized child in the hands of DCF.

Posted by: Spherebreaker | Mar 25, 2018 08:40

Shameful that she would endanger her child with her drug abuse. Unfit as a parent is all i can say.

Posted by: thkng60@yahoo.com | Mar 25, 2018 08:43

How the hell do you not get arrested????If she was drinking , they would have arrested her for OUI. Something is wrong with the way we treat these SCUMBAGS. DISEASE MY ASS

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Mar 25, 2018 09:26

I could write something about the Magnet that drew her to Wareham and how Warehamy this sad story is.  But I won't.  After being chastised for using those words, I've reserved them for special occasions.  Is this occasion special enough?  For those that say no, are you going to say "happens everywhere"?  Are you going to say that words in this little comment section are harming Wareham's image?  Really?  I'd have to disagree and say that constant news like this is harming Wareham's image.

Posted by: bob | Mar 25, 2018 10:39

Come on, this young lady was driving around with a youngster in her custody  and she doesn't get arrested..Does Wareham have a double standard on what is a OUI...

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Mar 25, 2018 10:54

Yep...what kind of message has this sent?  We are all trying to teach our kids and young people how drugs and OUI are bad arrestable things.  How do I answer the questions generated by this ?


She should have been arrested! Jail is embarrassing. Jail is free detox.  Jail time away from her kid gives her some time to think.   She has been charged with a bunch of serious charges, but getting arrested could be the wake up call she needs.  I'll bet she's home shooting up right now!  I'll bet her "family" that picked up the kid has her back with the kid already.  It's all a big enabled joke!

Posted by: noseyrich | Mar 25, 2018 11:01

I was dumbfounded when I read that this scumbag, total looser mom was not arrested!!!!! Perhaps a member of Wareham Police could clear up the reason this 34 yr. old woman was not arrested on the spot!!! What would have happened if she was drunk on alcohol and passed out? Arrested then??? Maybe with a dead body in the trunk...arrested then???

Posted by: Linda | Mar 25, 2018 12:06

She's been summoned to court before a judge, for all charges.  It is the officer's call to make and she was taken to Tobey for treatment, so maybe she would have been a health risk to stay at WPD all weekend.  They don't always put everything in the paper, so don't bark at WPD, they have their reasons.      The state was to pick up the child Saturday morning.

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Mar 25, 2018 13:26

Linda, unless you know more, it says that family came for the kid.  Also, she could have still been arrested and gone to the hospital.  Then brought to jail after.  I'm sure she was treated and released.  Now she's probably home.  If family did take the kid, she's probably home with the kid like nothing happened.  I wonder if she'll even show up for court?  That would not be a question if she had been arrested!

Posted by: Swifts_Sheriff | Mar 25, 2018 22:46

Linda , their reasons ? Please enlighten me on them ? The cop should have gone to Toby with her until the cleared her then , down to the station in cuffs . Wonder if they’ll give a break like this to some outsider who comes down for the weekend gets ripped at Captain Als and crashes into one of those Welly motels

Posted by: Swifts_Sheriff | Mar 27, 2018 08:21

Linda , I am still waiting . Please  are you trying to tell me that certain individuals in Wareham can get away with crimes . If that that’s the case please tell more .. Driving under the influence is driving under the influence.. Why should “Junkies “ get away with driving under ? Because they have an addiction problem . Last time I checked alcoholism is an addiction also. But cops won’t think twice about locking them up. Crap seeing that I was once a boy in blue myself half the guys I worked were ripped 90 % of the time they were off duty . Hench the “I once was” , No fun working with mean nasty drunks ... So please Linda tell my why this female shouldn’t have been locked up right there and then .I wonder if you would be singing the same tune if she killed  a member of your family...

Posted by: cranky pants | Mar 27, 2018 10:47

I agree..

In what other cases does the perpetrator become the victim ?

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