Coast Guard Issues ‘Boating Under the Influence’ Tickets

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(Courtesy: CBS Boston)

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Two people were issued federal tickets after a Coast Guard law enforcement team boarded their boat, escorted it to land and conducted a series of field sobriety tests.

According to a release from the Coast Guard, the team boarded a 29-foot boat near Kelleys Island around 8:45 p.m. Saturday. There were 12 people on board.

Officials ended the voyage and escorted the boat to the Portside Marina on Kelleys Island.

They conducted six field sobriety tests at the pier, where the blood alcohol content of the boat operator was.112 percent.

The legal blood alcohol content is .08 percent.

Both the boat operator and one non-compliant passenger were issued federal tickets after local police declined to take them into custody.

The names of those ticketed are not being released by the Coast Guard.

In a statement, the Coast Guard said the following:

“Boating under the influence is just as dangerous as driving under the influence, and just as illegal. If boaters suspect someone is operating a vessel under the influence, they should call 911 or the Coast Guard.”

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