An Alton man was arrested on a charge of boating while intoxicated after striking the notorious outcropping of rocks known as "The Witches" in Lake Winnipesaukee on Saturday night.
The Marine Patrol reported that an emergency call was issued at 9:50 p.m. on Saturday night for a boat crash on Lake Winnipesaukee, south of Timber Island and in the area known as "The Witches," named after a group of rocks that rise to just below the waterline.
Responding Marine Patrol officers were able to pull the boat off of the rocks and tow it to Gilford Town Docks, where the operator, Tyler Finethy, 24, of Alton and his two occupants both refused medical treatment.
Finethy, after being administered a field sobriety test, was arrested for boating while intoxicated. The Marine Patrol report said that alcohol appears to be a contributing factor to the crash, and noted that state laws treat boating while intoxicated as severely as driving while intoxicated.
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