Jet Skier Charged With BWI

Modified: July 20, 2018 8:18am

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Buffalo, NY – Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports Marine Unit Deputies Coulombe and Okal stopped a personal watercraft around 9:45 P.M. in Buffalo’s Outer Harbor for operating the vessel after sunset.


The Deputies observed signs of impairment and brought 23-year-old Nicholas Bammel of Orchard Park to shore to administer standard field sobriety tests.  Bammel refused the tests and subsequently was arrested and charged with a misdemeanor count of BWI.  The defendant was also charged with operating a personal watercraft after sunset and operating a craft without a safety certificate.


The defendant was released on appearance tickets to a sober third party