High speed, weaving boat leads to OUI

Written by The Bee

May 28, 2019

Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Deputies arrested Darwin Amaya, 36 from Bellflower, CA, for two counts of felony Aggravated Operating a Watercraft While Under the Influence, with children on board. On Saturday (5/25), Division of Boating Safety Deputies were on patrol in the area of Thompson Bay in Lake Havasu when they observed a personal watercraft traveling at a high speed and weaving through boat traffic in the posted No Wake Zone. Upon initiating a stop on the watercraft, it was determined that it was being operated by an adult male, identified as Amaya, and had two Juveniles, ages 7 and 10, on board. As the stop on the watercraft was being conducted, Amaya almost struck the patrol vessel, forcing Deputies to swerve and maneuver to avoid a collision. Deputies observed Amaya’s eyes to be red and watery and could smell an odor of intoxicating substance coming from his person. Amaya was detained and transported to Contact Point where a breath test was conducted. The resulting BAC was .122% and Darwin Amaya was arrested and booked into the Mohave County Adult Detention Facility without incident. The minor children were returned to their mother, who was on shore.

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