Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard announced today the arrest of a boater this weekend for boating while intoxicated.
While on a routine patrol of the Buffalo Harbor Friday night around 11:30 p.m., Erie County Marine Unit Deputies Soluri and Okal initiated a vessel stop for operating without navigational lights; the stop occurred just north of the Buffalo Harbor. While inspecting the vessel, Deputies detected a strong odor of alcohol emanating from the boat’s operator.
After failing several field sobriety tests on shore, Thomas Seaman, age 35, was placed into custody and charged with boating while intoxicated. Seaman was transferred to the Sheriff’s Grand Island substation and was given a breathalyzer test where he registered a .11% BAC.
Thomas Seaman was released on an appearance ticket and was given a court date in Buffalo City Court on July 29. Along with two misdemeanor charges associated with operating a boat while intoxicated, he was charged with two violations of New York’s navigation laws.