Wednesday August 20, 2014

Angry cabin owner fined, banned for drunk boating

Confrontation took place on Little Shuswap Lake, near Little River

A cabin owner angry at boaters for creating wakes during last year's high water on the Shuswap pleaded guilty to impaired driving after he took to the water to confront the offending drivers.

Eric Reschke, 65, was given a $1,000 fine and banned from operating a boat for one year.

The Crown said the cabin owner was reportedly waving a finger at boaters and eventually got in his boat on Little Shuswap Lake, near Little River, to confront them.

When Reschke was seen to be driving erratically on the water, another boater pulled up beside him and took the key to the boat. He then towed Reschke's boat to shore, where RCMP were waiting.

He blew .110 blood alcohol level, above the legal limit of .08.

Defence lawyer Ken Walker said Reschke spent $7,000 to fortify his cabin from historically high water during spring freshet. Boat wakes were destroying those works.

"He was angry and wanted to talk to them," Walker said.

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