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Trouble keeping out of trouble

JULY 16 — Marine police in Maryland’s Anne Arundel County recently arrested and charged a local man with multiple charges twice in five days.

On Sunday July 1, at 1:14 a.m., marine police received a report of a possible intoxicated boater operating a small white dinghy on the South River, which is southwest of Annapolis. Officers located the vessel and the 40-year-old operator and, after determining he was under the influence of alcohol, transferred him into their patrol vessel and transported him to shore for field sobriety tests.

Once on shore at a local marina, the suspect jumped from the vessel onto the pier and into the water. He then attempted to elude officers by swimming under docked vessels, boatlifts and docks until he was pulled from the water by police.

He was transported to the county police department for processing with charges ranging from operating a motor vessel while under the influence of alcohol to disorderly conduct to failure to have a sound-producing device.

Four days later, marine police stopped a vessel off Annapolis for operating without proper navigation lights. It would later be determined that the operator was operating the vessel under the influence, but his passenger, out on bond, was the same fleeing suspect from four days prior.

The passenger again jumped into the water and attempted to swim away.

Officers threw a life ring to him multiple times only to have him push it aside and continue to swim towards shore, where he was apprehended by police.

This time, the suspect was charged with obstruction or hindering law enforcement officers, failure to obey a lawful order of a police officer, and disorderly conduct. He was taken before the county court commissioner and held on $35,000 bond.

— Rich Armstrong