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Drunken sailor ends up in hot water

The Maryland Natural Resources Police charged a 41-year-old man earlier this week with reckless endangerment, resisting arrest, hindering and obstructing a police officer, failing to comply with a lawful order, operating a vessel under the influence of alcohol, operating a vessel while impaired by alcohol and attempting to elude a police officer.

The police received a call about an overturned sailboat with a person clinging to the side of the boat in the South River at 4:15 p.m. Monday. Police, Coast Guard and the Anne Arundel County Fire Boat responded to the scene to locate and assist the overturned boat and, once on the scene, the responding units found the man on the 25-foot sailboat. Authorities say he became belligerent and appeared intoxicated as rescue units attempted to check on his welfare and condition.

The sailor tried to ram the Anne Arundel County Fire Boat three times with his sailboat. He then ignored repeated calls and orders by police and Coast Guard officers to stop his vessel.

Not giving up, the sailor continued to flee and evade officers by refusing to drop his sails, while maneuvering his boat back and forth to prevent boarding. Eventually, the sailboat was forcibly boarded by police officers while still under way.

Once onboard, the sailor struggled with police and resisted arrest. After he was subdued, he was taken ashore where he failed sobriety field tests and an alcohol breath test.

The sailor's trial date is scheduled for Dec. 17 in Maryland District Court in Annapolis.