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Boozing boater busted, Moraine park rangers say

September 11, 2018 News Extra

A Butler man was arrested after the rental boat he was operating collided with another craft on Lake Arthur.

MUDDY CREEK TWP — A Butler man is accused of drunken boating at Moraine State Park.

The defendant, 34-year-old Roy C. Jones II, also collided with another boat shortly before 7:30 p.m. Aug. 12 on Lake Arthur, authorities said.

Park rangers Monday charged Jones with operating a watercraft under the influence, reckless and negligent operation of a watercraft, and possessing and/or consuming alcohol at a state park.

Authorities said they responded to the lake after a caller reported an unsafe boater driving a rental boat on the water.

Authorities eventually spoke to the defendant and he appeared to be intoxicated. Rangers found seven empty cans and five full cans of an unspecified alcoholic beverage in the boat he was driving.

Read the full story in Wednesday's Butler Eagle.

Jim Smith

Jim Smith

Grew up in upstate New York. Earned my Journalism degree in 1983 from the University of Texas at Austin. Worked for two newspapers in Fayette County (Pa.) before starting at the Butler Eagle in 1998.