NEWS FROM THE DELAWARE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL
July 17, 2008
Vol. 38, No. 330
For more information, contact Sgt. Gregory Rhodes, Fish and Wildlife Enforcement, 302-542-6102 or 302-739-9913, or Joanna Wilson, Public Affairs, 302-739-9902.
Sussex Fish and Wildlife Agents Make Three OUI Arrests
Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Agents recently made three separate arrests on Sussex waterways for operating under the influence of alcohol. All three tested over the legal limit of .08 blood alcohol content in an intoxolyzer test after being stopped for a vessel safety check.
- On July 12, agents observed a vessel approaching the boat ramp at Masseys Landing that was not displaying navigation lights, stopped it and tested its operator for OUI. Jesse James Graybeal, age 27, of 8 Morris Lane, Newark, was arrested and charged with one count of OUI and one count of not displaying navigation lights.
- On July 5, agents observed a vessel creating a wake in a no wake zone in Masseys Ditch, stopped it and tested the operator. William D. Elliott, age 39, of 128 Quaker Road, Pennsville, NJ, was arrested and charged with one count of OUI and a wake violation.
- On July 4, agents stopped a vessel off Dewey Beach for a safety check. Its operator, Harland W. Sanders III, age 50, of 7 Circle Drive, Wilmington, was arrested and charged with one count of OUI. He also received a verbal warning for expired flares.
All three men were transported to Delaware State Police Troop 7 in Lewes for processing and assigned court dates.
OUI laws are in place for good reason, noted Sgt. Gregory Rhodes of the Delaware Boating Safety Office. “As with driving a car while intoxicated, operating a boat while intoxicated impairs the operator’s good judgment and places him or her as well as passengers and other boaters at risk. Before becoming intoxicated while on the water, recreational boaters would be wise to consider the risks – including arrest, fines and possible jail time as well as causing accidents and possible injuries,” said Sgt. Rhodes.
For further information, contact Sgt. Gregory Rhodes, Fish and Wildlife Enforcement, at 302-542-6102 or 302-739-9913.