Lake Mead is a destination for avid boaters from Arizona, California and Nevada alike. Known in part because of the Hoover Dam, it is also known for the celebrities who come to enjoy the water and serenity away from the Las Vegas Strip.
One such celebrity was recently arrested on suspicion of boating while intoxicated. Erin Brockovich was taken into custody after a game warden noticed how she struggled to secure her boat in the harbor. A sheriff’s spokesman explained to ABC News.com that the process of securing a boat is quite simple, but would be very complicated to someone who is intoxicated.
Best known for her lawsuit against energy giant Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (PG&E) for polluting a small California town’s water supply, Brockovich was played by Julie Roberts in the movie based on her real-life experiences.
Brockovich released a statement after she was released from jail. She insisted that she was not a threat to public safety and that she takes drunk driving very seriously.
Arizona law enforcement agencied take boating while intoxicated very seriously as well. As noted in a prior post, it will be common to see additional patrols on Lake Havasu, Lake Pleasant and Apache Lake.
Drunk boating in Arizona can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony and can affect your driving privileges on and off the water. If you have been charged with a crime and have questions about your legal rights and options, an experienced criminal defense attorney can help.
Source: ABC News.com, Erin Brockovich arrested while boating in Nevada, June 9, 2013