Kirk Johnson Took Friends Boating While Drunk, Crashes Boat, Friends Go Airborne, Chaos Ensues | August 27
Indian Rocks Beach: Florida man Kirk Johnson was under the influence when he crashed a 23 foot Yamaha jet boat into a 21 foot Grady White boat. It happened just after 5 p.m. in the Intracoastal Waterway, east of 373 12th Avenue, in Indian Rocks Beach.
Deputies say the boats were approaching each other when the 61-year-old operator of the Grady White saw the Yamaha weaving back and forth before it took a course directly toward his boat. He tried to steer his boat out of the way, but deputies say he couldn’t avoid the collision.
Johnson hit the rear of the Grady White, ripping off the outboard motor and exposing the transom.
Johnson and his five passengers were all ejected, the sheriff’s office says. Deputies say the Yamaha then continued to circle the area uncontrolled before crashing into a nearby dock and an unoccupied 24 foot Pathfinder boat.
According to reports, Johnson preformed poorly on Field Sobriety Tests. A breath sample indicated a BAC of .149 and .145.
Luckily good Samaritans were helping pull boaters from the water when they arrived to assist.
Paramedics transported a 68-year-old passenger from the Yamaha and a 16-year-old passenger from the Grady White to local hospitals for non-life-threatening injuries. All other occupants of both boats declined medical treatment.
Kirk Johnson was arrested for boating under the influence.
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