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Man arrested for boating under the influence and more

By The Columbia Press, Friday, March 2, 2018

A day of pleasure boating ended in arrest on three charges for an Aberdeen, Wash., man.

Ian Michael Wood, 40, was booked at Clatsop County Jail for providing false information to a police officer serving an arrest warrant, driving a boat while intoxicated and for failing to appear in court on a drunken driving charge.

His blood-alcohol content was recorded at 0.255 percent at the time of his arrest and 0.20 percent when he was booked later at the jail. A person is considered too drunk to legally drive or operate a boat at 0.08 percent.

Warrenton police were called to the Hammond Marina about 3:30 p.m. Feb. 14 to assist the Coast Guard with a boater they deemed too intoxicated to remain on the Columbia River.

The Coast Guard and the Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office both operate marine safety patrols, ensuring boaters are properly licensed, aren’t impaired, have passed state boater education courses and operating vessels that are safe and properly equipped.

When the three Coast Guard officers boarded the man’s 51-foot Chris Craft cabin cruiser, they found Wood highly inebriated and brought the boat to shore, where they conducted several types of field sobriety tests that confirmed their suspicions, according to a police report.

The boat operator initially told officers his name was Michael Ian O’Wood and said he could not find his identification. When dispatch did a check on his name and birthdate, they could find no records in Oregon or Washington.

The man also told them he’d had nothing to drink since the previous day. When confronted with the failure of the sobriety tests and the records check, he again gave them a false name and agreed to return to the boat to search for his ID, again coming back empty-handed, police said.

One of the Warrenton officers talked to the female who was on the boat and asked if she knew where the man’s ID was. She handed him a Washington state driver’s license that identified him as Ian Michael Wood.

“I ran Wood and found that he had a warrant for his arrest out of Clatsop County Circuit Court for FTA (failure to appear) on a DUII charge,” according to the police report. “The warrant was confirmed by dispatch and I went back up the dock and placed Wood under arrest.”

When asked about the name differences, the man continued to state his last name was O’Wood and his first name was Michael, not Ian, according to the report.

The presumptive fine for giving false information to an officer to avoid an arrest is $5,380.

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