Intoxicated Man Was Operating Boat on Rondout Creek, Police Say
The man was operating the boat with 10 passengers onboard according to police.
On the evening of July 5, ECOs Jason Smith and Lucas Palmateer were on boat patrol when they observed a vessel traveling through the darkness on Rondout Creek without navigation lights.
The officers stopped the vessel with 10 passengers aboard and immediately noticed the operator's eyes were bloodshot, his speech was slurred, and there was a strong odor of alcohol on his breath.
The officers performed field sobriety tests on the subject and ECOs arrested and transported him to the New York State Police Kingston barracks for further testing and processing. ECOs charged the man with failing to display navigation lights as required and boating while ability impaired by alcohol.
The case is scheduled to be heard in the Town of Esopus Court