Improper Vessel Lighting Leads To BWI

Modified: August 13, 2018 9:55am

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Operator was Traveling on the Niagara River


Buffalo, NY – Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports that the Marine Unit arrested 58-year-old Michael McMahon of Grand Island on August 10 for BWI.


At approximately 9:25 P.M., members of the Marine Unit observed a vessel traveling on the Niagara River without proper lighting.  The Deputies conducted a vessel stop, and while speaking to the operator, they observed signs of intoxication. 


McMahon failed all standard field sobriety tests, and a chemical breath test registered a BAC level more than the legal limit.  McMahon is charged with misdemeanor charges of operating a vessel while intoxicated and operating a vessel with a BAC .08 or higher.  He also given a summons for a navigational violation for improper vessel lighting.


The defendant was released with appearance tickets to a sober third party.