CHRISTI, TX – The Coast Guard assisted the Texas Parks and
Wildlife Department in the arrest of an intoxicated shrimp boat captain
near the Brownsville Ship Channel entrance
Monday at 5:18 p.m.
Guard Station South Padre Island crews boarded the shrimp
boat Adriana after a TPWD agent identified fake documentation, including
birth certificate and permanent resident card, for the captain of the vessel.
Guard boarding officers conducted a Breath Alcohol Content analyzer test
and field sobriety test on the captain, after he was believed to have been
drinking. The shrimp boat captain registered a .17 BAC, which is more
than four times the legal limit and he failed the field sobriety test.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department personnel transferred the captain to the Cameron
County Sheriff Department.
Coast Guard's interest is to maintain a safe boating environment for all
mariners," said Cmdr. Daniel Deptula, the response officer at Coast Guard Sector
Corpus Christi. "Boating under the influence is extremely reckless
behavior that not only jeopardizes your own life but lives of innocent people.
We are extremely lucky that this incident involved an arrest and not a major
marine casualty in a narrow sea channel with large commercial traffic and
Coast Guard works closely with partner agencies like the Texas Parks and
Wildlife Department and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
Monday, September 1 2014 2:00 AM EDT2014-09-01 06:00:48 GMT
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