A man who told King County sheriff’s deputies he was a firefighter in Pierce County was arrested for drunken driving at Seafair last weekend after he crashed a boat into the deputies’ patrol boat.
The man, who hasn’t been charged, had a 0.198 percent blood-alcohol level during a preliminary breath test, sheriff’s spokesman John Urquhart said. That’s more than twice the legal limit.
Washington State Patrol troopers arrested the man and booked him into King County Jail after he refused a Breathalyzer test.
Two men riding in the boat with the man Sunday on Lake Washington told deputies that they too were firefighters in Pierce County, Urquhart said. Urquhart said Tuesday he didn’t know which department they worked for.
An off-duty firefighter from the Tacoma department was involved in a boating incident over the weekend, said Jolene Davis, assistant chief. She said she did not know whether it was the same case but said fire officials were investigating.
The Lake Washington incident started about 6:30 p.m. when the men’s boat hit a parked craft near the southern end of the hydro boat race course, Urquhart said.
The people on the other boat flagged down a sheriff’s boat after the men didn’t want to exchange insurance information, he said.
The men tried to flee when the sheriff’s boat approached, but ran their 18-foot fiberglass boat into the deputies’ 36-foot aluminum patrol boat, Urquhart said.
The impact broke the windshield off the smaller boat, leaving one man slightly injured, he said.
“These guys were incredibly obnoxious the entire time, especially after the one was arrested,” Urquhart said.
Charges could be filed against the man later this week, said Sgt. Steven Babb of the State Patrol.