Macomb County Sheriff arrests boater with a .36 blood alcohol level

HARRISON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WXYZ) - A 31-year-old Fair Haven man is under arrest, accused of operating a boat while highly intoxicated.

The man was arrested at the Mac-Ray Harbor Marina on North River Road in Harrison Township after a boat crash was reported.

While police were investigating that report, several witnesses pointed them towards a 17-foot Bayliner that, they said, the operator was having trouble controlling.

The boat had reportedly struck a seawall, before throttling up and making a turn, after which is struck another boat and a dingy that were docked behind a home.

Deputies say they talked to the boater and quickly determined that the Bayliner's operator was highly intoxicated. They also found an empty fifth of Fireball on the boat's dashboard.

The man was given field sobriety tests and a breathalyzer, which determined he had a blood alcohol level of .36%. In Michigan, you are considered drunk while operating a boat if your blood alcohol level is about .10%.

The man was taken to McLaren Macomb Hospital for a blood test. He is currently locked up in the Macomb County Jail on charges of Operating While Intoxicated (Watercraft). His name has not yet been released.

His boat was towed and impounded.

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