A man from Alnwick-Haldimand Township is facing multiple charges, including theft of a fishing boat, following an OPP marine patrol in Georgian Bay Township on Saturday.
According to Southern Georgian Bay OPP, while patrolling the Trent-Severn Waterway, officers conducted a vessel check on a 16-foot beige Sea Nymph boat.
Police say officers found and seized a quantity of liquor, and the operator was reportedly given a roadside screening device test, which resulted in a three-day administrative driver’s licence suspension.
OPP say further investigation revealed the boat had been reported stolen in the Peterborough area. As a result, the operator was arrested.
Joseph Vrana, 44, of Alnwick-Haldimand Township was charged with:
- Possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000
- Obstructing a peace officer
- Operating a boat with an open container of liquor
- Failure to have proof of competency on board a pleasure craft
- Operating a vessel in a careless manner, without due care and attention or without reasonable consideration for others
- Operating a pleasure craft without a copy of a licence on board
- Operating a non-human-powered pleasure craft without prescribed visual signals on board
- Operating a non-human-powered pleasure craft without prescribed additional personal life-saving appliances on board
- Operating a non-human-powered pleasure craft without prescribed vessel safety equipment on board
He was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in court in Midland on Aug. 27.