Jet ski driver charged with being intoxicated

Cary Ashby • Jul 10, 2014 at 5:07 PM

A guest of Holiday Lakes residents is accused of hitting a pontoon boat while intoxicated.

There were no injuries reported in connection with the collision that happened about 3:45 p.m. Friday.

The driver of a jet ski, Sean M. Kelly, 32, of Dansville, N.Y., was charged with operating a vessel under the influence of alcohol. If convicted of the first-degree misdemeanor, he faces up to 180 days in the Huron County Jail and a $1,000 fine.

When Huron County Sheriff's Deputy John Vogel responded to 820 Scott Drive, Willard, he spoke to the owner of the pontoon boat, David Laser.

"He learned from (Laser) the boat was being operated by Mary Goodsite. She had eight passengers on board," Chief Deputy Ted Patrick said.

"There was a jet ski coming around the bend. She (Goodsite) saw it coming right at her. ... It made no attempt to veer away," he said. "She tried to swerve to avoid hitting the jet ski."

The two vehicles collided, leaving red-paint transfer from the jet ski on the front right side of the boat.

"No one reported any injuries," Patrick said.

Vogel then interviewed Kelly, the only occupant on the jet ski.

"He said he wasn't very familiar with the jet ski and couldn't avoid the pontoon boat," Patrick said.

The chief deputy said the suspect took a breath test, but the results weren't available at press time.

Kelly was arrested and transported to the Huron County Jail.

"He posted bond that same day and was released," Patrick said.

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