Marine Patrol Deputies Charge Allegedly Intoxicated Boaters

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that the Sheriff’s Office recently arrested two men for allegedly boating while intoxicated (“BWI”) in separate incidents.

At about 6:04 p.m. Sunday July 21, Sergeant Michal Szabo and Deputy William Rossiter were operating a Sheriff’s Office patrol boat on Lake Oscawana in  . They stopped a 13-foot motorboat operated by Brendan E. Foran, aged 43, of 12 Cold Spring Road in Putnam Valley, and determined that he was allegedly intoxicated. When the sergeant and deputy advised Foran that he was under arrest for boating while intoxicated, he reportedly attempted to jump off the patrol boat and a struggle ensued before Foran was subdued. The defendant was consequently charged with BWI and resisting arrest and with criminal mischief for allegedly causing damage to the patrol boat windshield during the altercation. He was arraigned and released on his own recognizance and was ordered to return to the Putnam Valley Justice Court to answer the charges, all of which are misdemeanors.

At about 9 p.m. Sunday, July 21, Deputies Alexander Ruhe and Johnathan Bradley were patrolling aboard a Sheriff’s Office boat on the Hudson River near Constitution Island. They stopped a 20-foot motorboat operated by Michael D. Labagh, aged 23, of 28 Beverly Drive, Middletown. The deputies determined that he was allegedly intoxicated and charged him with BWI. The defendant was arraigned and released pending a future appearance in the Village of Cold Spring Justice Court.

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