Woman drives car on fire into gas station, arrested

Posted: 10/09/12 at 4:35 pm EDT      Last Updated: 10/10/12 at 7:13 am EDT

HINGHAM, Mass. (WHDH) -- A woman decided to drive into a gas station when her car caught on fire in Hingham.

Surveillance video shows the Pontiac pulling into a Mobil station on Route 3A in Hingham then thick smoke pouring out from underneath the hood. A quick-thinking customer rushes over with a fire extinguisher to put it out -- the car was just a few feet from the gas pumps.

“I was pumping someone’s gas on pump three, and the car was on fire. And while I was pumping someone’s gas, I was scared for my life. And someone from pump number six -- someone from the Navy -- he ran into the office, knew exactly where the fire extinguisher was and put it out himself,” said Joe Beck, gas station attendant.

Gas station attendant Joe Beck watched it all unfold. The driver, identified as 49-year-old Barbara Ann Bearden of Weymouth, was helped out of the car by an employee at the Hingham Car Wash. Police say she'd been drinking. It was just after 10:00 Sunday morning.

“She asked us if we could fix her car, when the shop was closed and she just seemed all strung out. She failed the sobriety test and almost landed on the policeman while he was waving her with a pen,” said Beck.

Bearden was arrested on the spot and was arraigned on drunken driving charges Tuesday.

Authorities say Bearden admitted to drinking and violated probation on a previous charge.

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