VIDEO Pontoon-boat driver could be charged after boat went over a dam

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The pontoon boat dropped 50 feet before coming to rest on a lower section of the dam. Photo by CBS.

The pontoon boat dropped 50 feet before coming to rest on a lower section of the dam. Photo by CBS.

The driver of a pontoon boat was arrested for driving under the influence after his boat went over Lake Zumbro dam in Wabasha County in southern Minnesota.

According to the local CBS affiliate, the incident happened around 10:30 p.m. last Saturday night. There were four people on the boat, but one jumped off before it went over the dam, dropping about 50 feet. The boat landed upright and no one on board was seriously hurt.

Investigators reportedly believe that darkness and alcohol were the main factors in the accident. The four passengers on the boat had been visiting Mac’s Park Place campground just below the dam. When they decided to leave, they realized they were close to the dam. The woman who had jumped off swam to shore.

On Monday, the TV station said that police reported that the 51-year-old boat driver was arrested and later released. The Wabasha County Attorney’s Office is reportedly reviewing potential boating while intoxicated charges.


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