Intoxicated Boater Runs His Vessel Aground



Police allege that the man who ran this boat aground was impaired. (Photo: DNR NRP)
Police allege that the Virginia man who ran this boat aground was impaired. (Photo: DNR NRP)

ST. MARY'S COUNTY, Md. (Dec. 17, 2015)—On the evening of Saturday, Dec. 12, a Virginia man was charged with three counts of impaired operation and one of negligent boating after he ran his 22-foot recreational boat onto a rock jetty at the mouth of the Patuxent River in St. Mary’s County.

Jose Antonio Sanchez, 54, of Sterling, and his passenger, Toni W. Castellon, 41, of Stafford, Va., were not ejected from the vessel, but complained of pain after impact. They were flown by Maryland State Police helicopter to Prince George’s Hospital Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Sanchez will be scheduled for an appearance in St. Mary’s District Court. If found guilty of all four charges, he could face maximum penalties of $2,000 and up to a year in jail.

The incident was investigated by Md. DNR Natural Resources Police (NRP).

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