DNREC Natural Resources Police and Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Agents arrested a Wilmington man Aug. 27 on multiple boating-related charges after concerned citizens reported a jet ski operating recklessly and speeding near the Newport Boat Ramp on the Christina River.
James E. Steele, 35,was charged with operating a vessel/watercraft under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a vessel/personal watercraft, reckless operation of a vessel/personal watercraft, excessive speed/slow no wake violation, operating a vehicle with a fictitious registration, and operating an unregistered vehicle, according to a DNREC press release.
He is scheduled for arraignment on these charges on Sept. 4 in Justice of the Peace Court 11 in New Castle, with a later trial pending.
Steele was also taken to Justice of the Peace Court 11 on Aug. 27 on a court capias for failure to appear in court on earlier charges from July 4 of operating a vessel under the influence, operating a vessel at unreasonable speed and operating a vessel without navigation lights, a safety requirement. He was fined $435 including court costs for these charges.