Lobster fisherman arrested for hitting kayak while intoxicated

Posted Aug. 11, 2010, at 12:16 p.m.

MACHIAS, Maine — A Roque Bluffs lobster fisherman was arrested on a charge of operating a watercraft while under the influence on Tuesday afternoon after he allegedly struck a sea kayak with his boat and then fell overboard.

Glenn Preston, 46, was off Roque Island in Kennebec Bay when he allegedly struck the kayak, which was unoccupied and being towed by a sailboat.

Maine Marine Patrol Officer Jason Leavitt said the sailboat’s crew reported the incident to the Coast Guard.

When the Coast Guard arrived, Preston was found in the water, hanging from the side of his 30-foot fishing vessel.

Leavitt said that details are somewhat unclear but apparently Preston fell overboard while trying to moor his boat.

He was rescued from the water by the Coast Guard, and no one was injured in either incident, Leavitt reported.

Leavitt said the accident remains under investigation and that additional charges could be lodged by both the Marine Patrol and the Coast Guard.

Leavitt said that a conviction on the OUI charge would not affect Preston’s lobstering license.

“The [Department of Marine Resources] commissioner can suspend a fishing license, but this is not typically a violation that would warrant that,” Leavitt said.

Preston also was arrested two weeks ago and charged with terrorizing on the water, Leavitt said, after he allegedly threatened another fisherman.

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