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NORTON - It didn't take Sherlock Holmes to track down this perpetrator.

A Wheaton College student was arrested on drunken-driving and other charges early Saturday morning after allegedly crashing an SUV into a building on West Main Street (Route 123) and leaving the vehicle's license plate at the scene as he fled.

Police shortly after 4 a.m. received a report of a black SUV that had crashed into a building at 108 West Main St., Lt. Todd Jackson said.

The building shares a parking lot with 110 West Main St., a series of condominiums used for off-campus housing of Wheaton students and where police have received several calls for loud parties and disturbances, Jackson said.

The Massachusetts registration plate to the vehicle was left at the scene, allowing officers to determine the make and model, Jackson said.

The Nissan Pathfinder was located shortly afterward by Patrolman Steven Loud, who was working a paid detail in a Wheaton College parking lot, the lieutenant said.

The driver, Hammad Hassan, 23, of Andover, and a Wheaton College student, was arrested by Loud and Patrolman Joshua Archer, Jackson said.

Hassan was charged with operating under the influence of alcohol, leaving the scene of an accident with property damage and negligent operation of a motor vehicle. He was released on $250 cash bail and is scheduled to appear Monday in Attleboro District Court.

STEPHEN PETERSON can be reached at 508-236-0377 or at speterson@thesunchronicle.com.

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