RCMP say an Enfield man is facing charges after he drove a Sea-Doo while intoxicated near Queensland Beach.
July 13 around 3:30 p.m., officers were called to the beach after a citizen reported a man driving “recklessly” near the shore close to swimmers.
Spokesman Cpl. Scott MacRae said RCMP located a man near his Sea-Doo on the shore and determined he was the driver. They believed he had been drinking, but when they asked for a breath sample he refused and was arrested.
“The activity in itself can be dangerous without the added impairment by alcohol,” MacRae said July 14.
“It makes you fail to realize how fast you’re going, or are you in total control … and these vehicles can go at high rate of speeds.”
The 28-year-old Enfield man faces charges of impaired operation of a motor vehicle and failure to provide a breath sample, said MacRae. He will appear in court at a later date.
MacRae said RCMP are encouraging the public to report boating incidents because police “can’t be on every waterway in Nova Scotia all the time.”
“Somebody could have been struck by this watercraft, and a serious injury could have occurred or worse,” he said.