Cecil boater flees police, is recaptured

June 30, 1993|By Michael James | Michael James,Staff Writer

An intoxicated boater who fought with six officers and then escaped while being treated at a hospital has been recaptured after a stakeout of an Elkton house, Maryland Natural Resources Police said.

The events began Saturday night, when natural resources police were conducting a Safer Waterways through Alcohol Monitoring Patrol in the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal in Cecil County.

At 9 p.m., one of the officers noticed a 26-foot cabin cruiser was operating without its green bow navigation light, police said.

The officer stopped the boat for a safety check and asked the operator -- William H. Mars, 35, of Elkton -- to show the fire extinguisher required by law, police said.

Mr. Mars had an extinguisher and held it over his head to view its gauge when it slipped out of his hands and hit him on the head, cutting his face, police said.

A field sobriety test given to Mr. Mars determined he was under the influence of alcohol, police said. But Mr. Mars struggled with the officer and five others who had arrived on other boats, police said.

On one of the boats was a television crew filming a news feature on the waterways patrol.

Mr. Mars was subdued and put in leg irons and handcuffs.

He was later taken for treatment of shoulder pains to Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore, where his restraints were removed and he escaped, police said.

Sunday afternoon, police staked out two different addresses in the Elkton area and spotted Mr. Mars. He crawled out a rear window of the house but was tackled by a natural resources officer, police said.

Mr. Mars is charged with operating under the influence, resisting arrest, assault and battery, disorderly conduct, escape, failure to obey a lawful order and other charges. He was released on $31,000 bond.

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