Brevard Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Officers Bust Perps For Illegal Fishing, BUI
By Space Coast Daily // April 20, 2019
man arrested for boating under the influence with passenger under 18 years of age on board
EDITOR’S NOTE: The following report highlights some cases the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission handled in Brevard County over the past week but does not include all actions taken by the Division of Law Enforcement.
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Officers Kearney and D. Humphrey were on patrol when they saw a vessel returning to a local boat ramp.
The officers approached the vessel to conduct a safety inspection when they saw signs of impairment. After conducting Standardized Field Sobriety Tasks, the man was placed under arrest for BUI, boating under the influence.
A test of the man’s breath revealed .158, nearly twice the legal limit.
Lieutenant Lightsey was on patrol when he saw a vessel in violation of a slow speed zone.
While conducting a vessel safety inspection and addressing the violation, the officer noticed signs of impairment.
After conducting Standardized Field Sobriety Tasks the man was placed under arrest for boating under the influence with a passenger under 18 years of age on board.
The operator refused to provide a sample of his breath and will be assessed a $500 civil penalty in addition to a citation for violation of the slow speed zone.
While on patrol, Lieutenant Lightsey saw a man returning to his vehicle from fishing along the shoreline.
At first, the man stated he had pulled off the roadway to use his cell phone, but the officer smelled a strong odor of fish coming from the man.
After speaking with the man, he advised he had caught some mullet. A full resource inspection revealed the man was in possession of an undersized snook, possession of one undersized tripletail, illegal method of take for tripletail (cast net), no snook stamp and was not in possession of his fishing license.
A notice to appear was issued for the violations.
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