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OPERATING A BOAT WHILE UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL IS A SERIOUS OFFENSE

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Justin McDonald, a 22-year-old man, was in court on Monday, accused of operating a boat under the influence of alcohol after a crash that threw him and a friend, Steven Woods, overboard into Marshfield Harbor on Saturday night. The Coast Guard suspended its search Sunday even though Woods has not been found. The prosecutor said McDonald admitted to having ten beers before the crash. “He stated that he was — in his words — ‘a little buzzed,’ but was ‘pretty good, not drunk,’” Humphrey said. Despite McDonald’s admission that he had been drinking and there was alcohol in coolers on the boat, his attorney said that does not prove his client was drunk. McDonald posted $10,000 bail and was released today after entering his plea in Plymouth District Court. A DUI, or DWI, charge may be made when an operator is found to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Many people don’t realize that they may be charged with DUI if operating a motorcycle, snowmobile, airplane, or as in McDonald’s case, a boat.

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