News Release

Boating While intoxicated 6/29/18

Incident Type: 

Boating Under the Influence of Alcohol

Date and Time: 

June 29, 2018 at 19:50 hours


On the waters of VanAuken Lake, Van Buren County

Suspect/Arrested: 67-year-old male from Oak Lawn Illinois

Charges on Suspect: 

Operating a vessel with a blood alcohol level greater than .08


Sheriff Daniel E. Abbott reports that Marine Deputies were on routine patrol on the waters of VanAuken Lake.  Deputies stopped a vessel that was high speed boating after restricted hours.  During the stop it was found that the operator was under the influence of alcohol. The vessel operator was subsequently arrested and lodged at the Van Buren County Jail.   The vessel was safely turned over to the operator’s brother who was not under the influence. There were 2 additional passengers on board the vessel.  The name of the vessel operator is being withheld pending arraignment.

Arresting Marine Deputy:

Greg Straka Jr., Van Buren County Marine Division

Assisting Deputy:

Michael Thomas Bush, Van Buren County Marine Division                                            

Supervisor Contact: 

Sergeant Nathan Penning, Van Buren County Marine Division 269-657-3101

Anyone with information can contact the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office at (269) 657-3101, Crime Stoppers 1-800-342-7867, Silent Observer (269) 343-2100 or your local Police Department.


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Jim Charon