Contact: Sgt. Gregory Rhodes, Division of Fish & Wildlife Enforcement, 302-739-9913 or 302-542-6102, or Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902
Fish and Wildlife Enforcement agents arrest New Jersey man
on charges including OUI, reckless endangering
INDIAN RIVER INLET (Sept. 19, 2012) – DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Enforcement agents arrested a New Jersey man on Sept. 17 for operating under the influence (OUI) and other charges related to a boating incident in which a 25-foot sport-fishing boat was driven onto the beach at Indian River Inlet.
Charles T. Flickinger, 47, of Pennsville, N.J., was arrested and charged with OUI, reckless endangering, reckless operation of a vessel, failing to maintain a proper lookout, and excessive speed during time of restricted visibility. Mr. Flickinger was released from Justice of the Peace Court 3 in Georgetown on $1,750 secured bond, pending a future court date.
Citizens are encouraged to report fish and wildlife and boating violations to the Delaware Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Section by calling 302-739-4580.
According to U.S. Coast Guard statistics, alcohol use is the leading contributing factor in fatal boating accidents. While it is not illegal in Delaware for recreational boat operators to consume alcohol, the same blood alcohol limit used to measure intoxication in automobile drivers applies to boat operators: 0.08 or above is legally intoxicated. Boat operators found to be at or over the limit face fines and potential jail time, as well as putting themselves and their passengers at risk.
In the interest of public safety, the Delaware Office of Boating Safety encourages boat operators to make the wise choice – don’t drink and boat. Boaters also are encouraged to have a non-drinking designated boat operator aboard if alcohol is being consumed.
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