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Arrested for boating while intoxicated

A Coast Guard Station Seattle boatcrew assisted Bainbridge Island Police officers in the arrest of a Bellevue man for boating while under the influence in Elliot Bay Sunday night.

The Station Seattle crew aboard a 45-foot Response Boat Medium was able to make contact with the impaired boat driver and tow his vessel to Eagle Harbor on Bainbridge Island where he failed a field sobriety test conducted by Bainbridge Island Police officers and was subsequently taken into custody.

Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound watchstanders received a call for help at 7:30 p.m. from a female passenger aboard the 30-foot pleasure craft stating that the male operator was intoxicated and the boat was drifting in Elliott Bay.

The Station Seattle RBM crew was launched to investigate. Directed to the boat by observations from the crew of the Washington State Ferry Tacoma, the boatcrew was able to locate the vessel after it had regained propulsion and was reportedly driven erratically towards Eagle Harbor.

In addition to being arrested for operating under the influence, several safety violations were found aboard the boat, including no fire extinguisher and the absence of a type IV throw able floatation device.

The female passenger, who had reported the impaired boat operator, was provided transportation to the ferry terminal where she returned to Seattle.