Boater arrested on Lake Santa Fe for operating a vessel while impaired


GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Richard Leslie English, 60, was arrested yesterday and charged with operating a vessel while impaired.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) officers who were patrolling Lake Santa Fe decided to conduct a boating safety inspection on English’s boat at about 2:00 p.m. yesterday. They reported that when they asked English to retrieve his safety gear, they saw signs of impairment, so once the inspection was complete, they asked to come aboard his vessel to administer field sobriety tests.

English reportedly did not perform well on the tests and was placed on the FWC boat while an FWC officer took English’s boat back to where he launched, with his permission. English reportedly refused to submit to a breath test and was taken to the Alachua County Jail. He has been released from the jail.

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  • Maybe he was on the verge of having a heat stroke and wasn’t acting right. The picture tends to support that theory. Did they find empty beer bottles or other containers?

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