Vessel Violation Stop Ends With BWI

Modified: August 7, 2017 8:59am

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Intoxicated Boat Captain Also Found With Marijuana 

Buffalo, NY – Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports the Marine Unit arrested a boat operator for BWI following a vessel stop for violations on the east branch of the Niagara River Sunday night. 

Around 9:30 P.M., Deputies Krypel, Okal, and Coulombe stopped a boat after observing the vessel operating without navigational lights.  While speaking with the operator, they observed signs of intoxication and Thomas Stedman, 19 of Grand Island, refused to submit to a breath test.  Subsequently, Stedman was arrested for BWI, unlawful possession of marijuana, and four separate navigational law violations.  

Stedman was issued tickets and released to a sober third party.