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Old 07-06-2011, 07:19 PM   #1
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Default Canoeist charged DUI

Tiverton canoeist charged with boating under the influence

11:22 AM Wed, Jul 06, 2011

TIVERTON, R.I. -- A Tiverton man who'd been paddling a canoe with his 12-year-old son aboard was arrested Tuesday night and charged with boating under the influence and possession of marijuana, said Lt. Patrick Jones of the Tiverton Police Department.

At 9:10 p.m., officers responded to phone calls from residents on Forand Lane, which abuts Stafford Pond, Jones said.

"Residents in the area heard a child yelling across the pond for his father," Jones said.

Officers found the 12-year-old boy, who was fine, according to Jones. The boy told the police that his father, who was in a canoe, dropped him off on the shore and said he would return for him later. At that point, Jones said, about 45 minutes had passed.

"The child was afraid that his father could have gotten into an accident on the pond," Jones said.

The Police Department called the Tiverton Fire Department and the Department of Environmental Management, Jones said. As a search of the pond was to begin, the boy's father paddled to a dock on shore.

Officers gave Christopher Buckley, 50, of 825 Bulgarmarch Rd., a field sobriety test, which he failed, Jones said. At the police station, Jones said, Buckley consented to a breath test of his blood-alcohol level.

Buckley's first reading was .159, Jones said, and his second reading was .166. The legal limit is .08.

Jones said a charge of boating under the influence does not require a boat with a motor. He cited the state's "Alcohol Boating Safety Act," which defines a watercraft as "a device for transportation by water," and a violator of the act is "whoever operates a watercraft while intoxicated."

Buckley was held overnight at the Tiverton Police Station, Jones said, and is to be arraigned Wednesday in District Court, Newport.
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Christopher Buckley, 50, of 825 Bulgarmarsh Road dumped his son off on shore so that he could go out in his canoe and get drunk and stoned on drugs.

Tiverton police received a call from citizens of Forand Lane, which abuts Stafford Pond. The report said a child was screaming for help and for his father. When police arrived, they found the boy, who told them he had been dropped off at the shoreline by his father approximately 45 minutes earlier. The Rhode Island Department of Emergency Management and the Tiverton Fire Department prepared to launch a search and rescue mission for the father.

Moments later, Buckley was seen paddling toward shore. Police found alcohol in the boat. Buckley agreed to a field sobriety test and a pair of chemical tests, both of which registered twice the legal limit.

Tiverton Police filed a report with the Department of Children, Youth and Families related to the potential child abandonment. The 12 year old boy was turned over to relatives Tuesday evening, while Buckley was held for arraignment in Newport District Court the following morning. The case is still under investigation by Tiverton Police.

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