HYANNIS HARBOR – [DEVELOPING]
An alleged drunk boater told a local police officer he didn’t have to talk to him because he believed he was still in Canadian waters, a source told HN.
At approximately 3:43PM, the United States Coast Guard contacted Barnstable Police regarding a drunk boater they believed may had been traveling toward a dock in Hyannis Harbor.
Yarmouth Police were also notified and asked to be on the lookout for a sailboat named the “Split Crow.”
According to radio transmissions, the Split Crow may have come close to colliding with the Gay Head, a Steamship Authority ferry…
Police boats from Barnstable and Yarmouth rushed toward Nantucket Sound to assist the Coast Guard.
About a half hour later, police radio traffic suggested the boat wasn’t stopping… One source told HN the Split Crow was driving around in circles as police tried to stop it in an area just southwest of Great Island.
The boat eventually stopped and the Coast Guard boarded.
Police did field sobriety testing and placed the Captain in custody for Boating Under the Influence (BUI). There were no other passengers on board…
It was uncertain whether the boater was intentionally trying to evade police, or whether he was too intoxicated to realize they were trying to stop him… A source told HN that the boater’s marine radio was turned off at the time of his arrest.
With the sailboat’s captain in handcuffs, the Coast Guard towed the Split Crow back to a slip at the Ocean Street docks.
The back of the Split Crow said it was out of Parry Sound in Ontario… another source told HN the boat may have just recently left Prince Edward Island in Canada…
Police believe Hyannis Inner Harbor could be the vessel’s first port of entry since leaving Canada. At the time of this report, US Customs Officials were said to be en-route to the Ocean Street Docks… possibly to conduct a more thorough search and inspection of the vessel.
The suspect was transported to the Yarmouth Police Department, as the arrest happened in Yarmouth waters. The Split Crow was towed and remained in Coast Guard custody at the Ocean Street docks in the Hyannis Inner Harbor…
UPDATE: Sources report the Canadian Boat Captain arrested this afternoon for BUI, is Adam Dilik, age 46… and his boat will remain at the Ocean Street Docks until US Customs can come and inspect it.
HN will provide additional updated details as they become available.
HN NOTE: This arrest comes the week before OPERATION DRY WATER, a “National Boating Under the Influence Awareness and Enforcement Campaign,” June 24-26… CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT THEIR WEBSITE
VIDEO: Begins with long shots of the Steamship Authority MV Gay Head (which was reportedly almost struck) as it navigated Lewis Bay boating lanes… it also shows long shots of the Coast Guard towing the Split Crow shortly after police boarded and placed the captain in custody. (The shots are at extreme distances with different cameras, sound and video quality may vary…)
[Press play… Select HD in the settings and enlarge player for best quality…]
HN NOTE: According to lettering on the Split Crow’s stern, the boat has its own website where the boat’s old owners blogged about their past “adventures…” Apparently, the Split Crow was just recently sold to the current owner and had just recently departed from Ontario on June 2nd… CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE SPLIT CROW BLOG
© 2016 Robert Bastille, HyannisNews.com
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