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
Wilmington man charged
with OUI, boating violations
NEWPORT (Aug. 29, 2013) – On Aug. 27, DNREC Natural Resources Police, Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Agents arrested a Wilmington man, James E. Steele, 35, on multiple boating-related charges after concerned citizens reported a jet ski operating recklessly and speeding near the Newport Boat Ramp on the Christina River.
Steele was charged with operating under the influence of alcohol (OUI), negligent operation of a vessel/personal watercraft, reckless operation of a vessel/personal watercraft, excessive speed/slow no wake violation, operating a vehicle with a fictitious registration, and operating an unregistered vehicle. He is scheduled for arraignment on these charges on Sept. 4 in Justice of the Peace Court 11 in New Castle, with a later trial pending.
Steele was also previously taken to Justice of the Peace Court 11 on Aug. 27 on a court capias for failure to appear in court on earlier charges from July 4 of OUI, operating a vessel at unreasonable speed and operating a vessel without navigation lights, a safety requirement. Before being released, he was fined $435 including court costs for these charges.
The Division of Fish and Wildlife works to ensure that Delaware’s waters are safe for boaters by educating the public on boating safety and enforcing boating safety laws and regulations.
The DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife recognizes and thanks the majority of anglers, hunters and boaters who comply with and support Delaware’s fishing, hunting and boating laws and regulations. Citizens are encouraged to report fish and wildlife and boating violations to the Delaware Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Section by calling 302-739-4580. Wildlife violations may also be reported anonymously to Operation Game Theft by calling 800-292-3030 or online at www.dnrec.delaware.gov/fw/Hunting/Pages/OpGameTheft.aspx .
Vol. 43, No. 338