Troubled boater in trouble again

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OCT. 11 — A father charged with child abuse in connection with the drowning of his son is in trouble again after he crashed his boat into another boat last weekend on CarterLake, west of Loveland, Colo.

Authorities say the man, who is 44 and of Longmont, Colo., was drunk Saturday evening when he ran his 17-foot Bayliner into another boat, a report in the Denver Post newspaper says. When police attempted to arrest the man, he reportedly was combative and smashed his head against a car window. He was held on a $2,000 bail on suspicion of boating under the influence of alcohol, resisting arrest and careless boating.

The man was operating the same boat on the same lake where his 2 year old son slipped from a tube he was being towed on in July and drowned, the report says. The man was reckless, authorities say, because the child was too young to be pulled on a tube, the man was traveling too fast for even an adult to be towed safely (between 20 and 30 mph) and because the child’s PFD was too large.

The man has a criminal history that includes driving under the influence of alcohol in 2002, the report says.

— Jason Fell