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For Release: Thursday, May 31, 2012

DEC Charges Saranac Lake Resident with a Boating While Intoxicated Misdemeanor and Speeding Violation

On May 26, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's (DEC) Division of Law Enforcement charged Raymond R. Muncil, 18, of Saranac Lake with boating while intoxicated (misdemeanor) and operating a vessel at a speed not reasonable and prudent (a violation under the New York State Navigation Law).

"Boaters operating a vessel while ability impaired by drugs or alcohol is a serious offense," said Captain Lawrence DiDonato of DEC's Ray Brook Office. "In addition to being subject to arrest, fines and imprisonment, the safety of all who enjoy New York's waters is jeopardized when vessels are operated by intoxicated individuals."

DEC Environmental Conservation Officers responded to a boat accident on the Saranac River Channel near the Lower Lock where Mr. Muncil was found to be intoxicated. He was taken to the New York State Police Barrack at Ray Brook for processing and was issued a ticket to appear in Harrietstown Town Court. Muncil faces maximum possible penalties of $2,100 in fines and up to 1 year in jail.

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