An outing with a group of friends on a pontoon boat the night of July 4 resulted in a Clinton County man being charged with operating a watercraft while under the influence of intoxicants or controlled substances, according to the the state Fish and Boat Commission.
It turned out that Taylor Franklin Miller, 41, of North Bend, had a blood-alcohol content level of .234 when he was operating the boat on the Susquehanna River in Woodward Township with 12 people on board, including a 2-month-old baby, Waterways Conservation Officer Emmett Kyler III said in court papers.
Kyler stopped the boat Miller was operating about 9 p.m. because it had an expired registration sticker, according to an affidavit.
"Miller's eyes were red, glassy and bloodshot. When Miller spoke, I could smell an odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his mouth," Kyler said.
As the officer began to perform a series field sobriety tests on him, Miller was growing more and more impatient.
"Fail me on this test and give me a fine so we can go," Miller told the officer.
Suspecting Miller was under the influence, Miller was taken into custody and taken to the county's DUI center where he agreed to have his blood drawn. Test results revealed his blood-alcohol content level was nearly three times the legal limit the fire and water commission deems one incapable of operating a boat safely.
In addition to being charged with driving under the influence of intoxicants, Miller also was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia as well as failing to have an adequate number of personal flotation devices on board for all passengers, Kyler said.
There were only seven such devices on the boat, Kyler said. Miller has been sent a summons to appear before District Judge Jerry C. Lepley for a preliminary hearing on Sept. 11.