Brevard Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Officers Bust Perps for Boating Under the Influence
By Space Coast Daily // April 16, 2020
BOTH PERPS refused to submit a breath sample
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 – Officer Marroquin was on water patrol in the area of Campbell’s Pocket in when he observed a vessel pass next to a slow speed zone sign on plane.
Officer Marroquin conducted a vessel stop to address the manatee zone violation and observed signs of impairment from the operator.
The operator performed Standardized Field Sobriety Tasks and was arrested for boating under the influence. Several young children were on the vessel.
The operator was transported to the Brevard County Jail and charged with BUI with a person under 18 onboard (enhanced penalty) and refusal to submit a breath sample.
Lieutenant Lightsey observed a vessel returning to a local boat ramp.
He observed a crushed beer can at the helm and the operator showed several signs of impairment. Standardized Field Sobriety Tasks were conducted and the man was placed under arrest for boating under the influence.
The operator later refused to submit to a test of his breath which resulted in a $500 civil penalty.
Officer Balgo observed an individual walking along the rocks off US 192.
A resource inspection located a bucket containing several oysters and a knife in the water with several additional piles of oysters. The harvest of oysters in this area is prohibited.
The individual received a warning a few months prior to harvesting oysters in the same location. The individual was cited accordingly.
Officer Balgo observed an individual wading in the water in a closed park off State Road 520.
A resource inspection found the individual in possession of four undersized sheepshead, one undersized black drum, two undersized spotted seatrout and over the bag limit of mullet.
He also did not possess a valid fishing license. The individual was cited accordingly.
Officer Hallsten was conducting fisheries inspections at Sebastian Inlet State Park when he made contact with five subjects who were walking their fishing equipment back to their vehicle.
Officer Hallsten inspected a cooler that was being carried which contained legal fish. Further inspection of a five-gallon bucket revealed two egg-bearing blue crabs, two undersized sheepshead and an undersized mangrove snapper under the cast nets.
Citations were written accordingly.
Officer Maslo conducted an inspection of a man fishing under a bridge.
Her inspection revealed the man was wanted out of Leon County for writing worthless checks over $1,500.
The man was placed under arrest for the warrant and delivered to the Brevard County Jail.
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