Janice Kurbjun
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June 25, 2012
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Man charged with boating under the influence in Frisco Sunday

A 28-year-old Golden man was arrested Sunday evening at Frisco Bay Marina for boating under the influence.

Jonathon Warosh was booked at the Summit County Jail after failing a series of sobriety tests. The tests were given after Warosh had 25 minutes to lose his sea legs and regain stability on solid ground.

Summit County Sheriff's Office deputies Wilkerson and Opsahl responded a call about a fight occurring at the marina. Prior to arrival, the deputies were notified the fight had ceased, but medical personnel were on scene treating 54-year-old Jeffrey Drake, of Thornton, who hit his face and head on the front of the boat in a boating accident. According to Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Tracy LeClair, it appeared the caller thought it was a fight, but turned out to be the aftermath of the boating accident.

Drake was taken to St. Anthony Summit Medical Center but was transferred to St. Anthony Hospital in Lakewood for treatment of facial fractures. He was transported in fair condition.

Warosh was released from jail on Sunday evening after posting $1,000 bond.

According to the deputy's report, Warosh said he and his fiancee, Krystal Drake, had been boating with Krystal Drake's parents, Jeffrey and Sandy, since 11:30 a.m. At about 1 p.m., they stopped for lunch at the Tiki Bar at the Dillon Marina, where Warosh claimed he had two beers. He said others in his party had more to drink.

Warosh took the helm after lunch, though he was unfamiliar with the waterway, the deputy's report states. On the way into the Frisco Bay Marina, Warosh ran aground on a sand bar, stopping the boat abruptly. According to Warosh, Jeffrey Drake was standing between the two front windows with a hand on each side. At the abrupt stop, he was sent sailing into the front of the boat.

Deputy Wilkerson reported there was broken fiberglass and blood in the front of the boat.

After observing Warosh's demeanor, odor of alcoholic beverage on his breath and appearance, which Wilkerson said included watery eyes, the deputy offered the voluntary sobriety test, which Warosh failed.

Warosh was transported to the St. Anthony Summit Medical Center to provide blood for a blood test, and was booked in jail for one count of unlawful operation of a vessel while under the influence of alcohol and one count of unlawful operation of a vessel in a careless manner.

Wilkerson sent Opsahl to the Tiki Bar to obtain a credit card receipt for the lunch and alcohol purchase, which showed no beers. According to the report, the bartender remembered the party and told Opsahl the two males in the party had two shots of tequila and Long Island iced tea drinks while at the Tiki Bar.

Boating under the influence is a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine ranging from $200 to $1,000 and five to 365 days in jail. Careless operation of a vessel is a Class 2 petty offense, punishable by a fine of $100.


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The Summit Daily Updated Jun 25, 2012 06:39PM Published Jun 25, 2012 06:38PM Copyright 2012 The Summit Daily. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.