Wareham man faces drug charges after near collision

May 11, 2018
Courtesy of: Wareham Police Department James MacDonald

A near car crash ended with the arrest of an East Wareham man on drug charges on May 10, Wareham Police said.

Police said James MacDonald, 41, nearly hit another car on Narrows Road at approximately 4:45 p.m. The driver of the other car swerved off the road to avoid being struck.

Officer Michael Phinney witnessed the incident and stopped MacDonald. According to police, Phinney saw a brown, powdery substance he believed to be heroin in the center console of the car. As a result, MacDonald was arrested.

The car was towed from the scene and MacDonald was taken to the Wareham Police Department for processing. MacDonald was charged with: possession of a class A drug and failing to stay in marked lanes.

Comments (6)
Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | May 11, 2018 21:35

Officer Phinney certainly has been at the right places at the right times lately.  Keep up the good work!


I wonder if this guy thinks he is looking at the camera with at least one of his eyes?  They do say that the drugs mess up the ability to focus...I guess he is proof!

Posted by: Spherebreaker | May 12, 2018 06:26

So glad the apprehended this thug

Posted by: Swifts_Sheriff | May 12, 2018 15:15

That’s some tough 41 years ...  This weeks winner of the “ Loser of the Week “ award ....

Posted by: WWareham resident | May 13, 2018 10:59

Swifts I was just talking with my wife about the same thing. I'm 51 and that guy looks 10 years older than me and I've aged a lot after being diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes January 2016.

It's pretty scary what that garbage will do to you both internally and externally. What the hell is wrong with these people

Posted by: Steve Holmes | May 14, 2018 12:23

Its possible that Officer Phinney, who always has been an outstanding officer, may have saved this young man's life. They say in addiction, you have to admit you have a problem, and usually you have to visit the bottom of your personal barrel before seeking help. Lets hope they get this young man some help and that he accepts the help and works to get clean. I have said it many times, what a waste of a young life. This young man probably has some hidden talent, and just needs to get rid of the drugs and start to use it, or get educated with a skill and become productive. Issue now is he will have a permanent police record, which wont help in todays competitive job market.

Posted by: Swifts_Sheriff | May 14, 2018 12:56

41 young man ? Sorry but when I think of young man I think 20’s .. 41 is someone who's been an adult for a while .. I’ll say it again that’s a rough 41 years

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