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Deputy Roussell making BUI arrest on Bass Lake - photo Madera Co Sheriff

Boating While Intoxicated Can Get You Arrested

BASS LAKE — An arrest yesterday on Bass Lake is a reminder to all that the Madera County Sheriff’s Office is taking very seriously the issue of BUI — Boating Under the Influence.

On Saturday at about 12:30 p.m., Boat Patrol deputies on the lake arrested a man for BUI, who was operating a personal watercraft with a minor passenger.

The subject, a 43-year-old male, had a blood alcohol level of 0.24 — three times the legal limit.

The man was arrested and booked in at Madera Department of Corrections for BUI and Child Endangerment.

The Sheriff’s Office would like to remind the public that driving under the influence while operating a vessel is just as dangerous as operating a vehicle, and that drivers/ operators found to be above the legal limit “will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

The legal limit for operating a vessel is the same as a vehicle — .08.

“BUI/DUI is no joke!” says the Sheriff’s Office. “Always have a designated driver/operator. Drunk Driving: Over the Limit; Under Arrest.”

(Photos: Madera County Sheriff’s Office)

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