KETCHIKAN - A fisherman was charged with boating under the influence after a confrontation with a Coast Guard crew responding to a fire on his boat, the Coast Guard said.
Michael R. Anderson, 32, was arrested Sunday by Ketchikan Police after allegedly refusing to submit to a sobriety test.
Anderson, of Ketchikan, is charged with operating a watercraft while intoxicated and refusing to submit to a sobriety test, said a Ketchikan Police Department spokesman.
The Coast Guard was called to Anderson's 29-foot boat to respond to a fire at about 9:23 a.m. after thick black smoke was seen billowing from his hatch and windows. Anderson's boat, the Clearlight, was docked about 400 yards from a fuel pier, the Coast Guard said.
Anderson allegedly told the Coast Guard that the engine had overheated, and he disregarded repeated orders to shut down the engines, a Coast Guard press statement said. Anderson was also belligerent and would not cooperate, Coast Guard spokesman Martin Lukaszewicz said in the statement.
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