Police arrest five for driving boat while intoxicated

Man driving boat while intoxicated illustration 
By: Moses Gold 

If you are drunk don’t think you can go out on a boat for a drive because the police will arrest you.

Police arrested five boaters for boating while drunk, and six for driving a car while intoxicated during festivities on Lake George, New York.

A large contingent of police and law enforcement from at least five agencies were asked to deal with hundreds of revelers gathered at the annual end of July party on the eastern shore of the lake around the Bay.

The officers reported a large crowd, but a very peaceful event as of late, but still made numerous arrests, as partygoers left after a day of drinking.

The Sheriff's Office of Washington County, reported to work with the rangers and state troopers. They made six DWI arrests, 10 arrests for alcohol, and eight people were charged with illegal possession of marijuana at a roadblock that was set up.

Twenty-seven traffic tickets were issued, and three people were charged with misdemeanors, including the obstruction of administration of government, criminal impersonation and possession of a hypodermic instrument.

Washington County Sheriff Jeff Murphy said most DWI arrests occurred when drivers were leaving the area, driving drunk even though they went through a police checkpoint on the road. The drivers were warned that the police would be there when they drive home.

In one case, a woman who was arrested for DWI coming to the event, and after her arrest, the man who came to pick her up was arrested for DWI, said Murphy.

"He was driving drunk all the way from his home," said the sheriff. "It was an interesting day," he said.
He said police seized a truck load of beer and alcohol in vehicles with passengers under 21 in them.

"Any car with minors that had alcohol in it, we confiscated the alcohol," said Murphy. "I think it prevented a lot of problems," he also said.

The Lake George Park Commission, which combined with the Department of Environmental Conservation Office of the Warren County Sheriff and State Police patrol, reported five arrests in the water, three tickets for reckless operation and six assaults.
Twelve boats broke down in the water.

There were no serious injuries reported, but medical aid was given to two people.