High speed, weaving boat leads to OUI

Published by The Bee News

May 28, 2019

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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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