GH boat captain pleads innocent to summer crash
Jul 21, 2015 at 1:19 PM
Steven Jay Rescorla, 58, was charged with operating a watercraft while intoxicated as the result of a crash that left two other Grand Haven residents injured. Court papers indicated he had a blood-alcohol content of 0.10 or more.
The misdemeanor charge carries a penalty of up to 93 days in jail, a fine of up to $500 and up to 45 days of community service. The court could also suspend his privilege to operate a watercraft for one year.
Judge Susan Jonas noted that the conditions of Rescorla's $100 bond are to not possess or consume alcohol or controlled substances.
Police said Rescorla’s 36-foot powerboat crashed into an anchored 17-foot fishing boat at about 6 p.m. Sept. 2. The jolt launched 58-year-old Barbara Ramoie off the bow of the fishing boat she shared with her husband, Larry Baum. Baum was thrown from side to side by the impact.
“It was like a horror story, but it was real life,” Baum said after the arraignment on Tuesday.
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