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Improper Vessel Lighting Leads to BWI Charge Along Niagara River.



Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports the Marine Unit arrested 58-year-old Michael McMahon of Grand Island on August 10 for BWI.

At approximately 9:25 P.M., members of the Marine Unit observed a vessel traveling on the Niagara River without proper lighting. The Deputies conducted a vessel stop, and while speaking to the operator, they observed signs of intoxication.

McMahon failed all standard field sobriety tests, and a chemical breath test registered a BAC level more than the legal limit. McMahon is charged with misdemeanor charges of operating a vessel while intoxicated and operating a vessel with a BAC .08 or higher. He also received a navigational violation for improper vessel lighting.

The defendant was released with appearance tickets to a sober third party.


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