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Delray Beach Man Arrested For Boating Under The Influence

Boca Raton Delray Beach Florida News Palm Beach County

Said He Was Heading To Boca Raton, But Was Traveling Northbound Past Peanut Island.

Eight People On Board Vessel.

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James Saint Marie, Courtesy Palm Beach County Jail.

BY: STAFF REPORT | BocaNewsNow.com

PALM BEACH COUNTY, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2022 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — A Delray Beach man is facing a Boating Under the Influence (BUI) charge after he had a challenging encounter with Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission Officers. James Saint Marie, according to an arrest report reviewed by BocaNewsNow.com, failed multiple sobriety tests and ultimately provided a breath sample more than two times the legal limit. From the arrest report:

On 09/25/2022 at approximately 1537 hours I, Officer David Morgan of Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), and Officer Austin Gilmore with FWC were on water-based patrol around Peanut Island located in Palm Beach County inside of Palm Beach inlet. We observed a vessel operating northbound inside the IntraCoastal Waterway (ICW) on the north side of Peanut Island. We initiated a vessel stop to conduct a vessel safety inspection.

Upon contact with the vessel operator, later identified as James Raphael Saint Marie, I noticed that Saint Marie had a slight odor of alcohol on his breath with slurred words when he talked during the stop. Saint Marie also had glassy, red eyes with slightly droopy eyelids. Saint Marie also had slow coordination when asked to retrieve safety equipment on the vessel. I explained to Saint Marie the reason for the stop was to make sure the vessel had the proper safety equipment. I asked for PFDs for people onboard, 8 people onboard, and Saint Marie provided more than 8 even after counting 8 people onboard. I asked Saint Marie where he was heading, and he stated he was going back to Boca Raton. The vessel Saint Marie was operating was heading northbound in the opposite direction of Boca Raton.

FWC Officers administered a series of sobriety tests, all of which they allege he failed. Two breath tests ultimately revealed results of .171 and then .157. The legal limit is .08.

Saint Marie, 33, of the 200 block of Via D Este in Delray Beach, was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail. He was later released on his own recognizance. A court date is pending.

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