July 1, 2013
DEEP EnCon Police Make BUI Arrests on Candlewood Lake
Officers from the Department of Energy & Environmental Protection’s (DEEP) Division of State Environmental Conservation Police (EnCon Police) made arrests this weekend on Candlewood Lake this weekend for Boating Under the Influence (BUI) as part of an expanded enforcement initiative known as Operation Drywater. DEEP EnCon Police arrested David P. Mullane, age 50, of #373 West Mountain Road, West Simsbury, CT, and John S. Klingner, Jr., age 25, of #14 Dunwoodie Road, Carmel, NY, both for illegal operation of a vessel while under the influence of alcohol (BUI).
The charges stem from separate stops made during Operation Dry Water in a joint initiative with Candlewood Lake Authority after the Candlewood Lake Fireworks display. Operation Dry Water is a national weekend of BUI detection and enforcement aimed at reducing the number of alcohol and drug-related accidents and fatalities and fostering a stronger and more visible deterrent to alcohol and drug use on the water.
Klinger, Jr. was observed operating his vessel in Echo Bay and Mullane was observed operating too close to shore at a speed faster than the posted “slow – no wake zone,” in the area of Candlewood Isle, New Fairfield. Both were stopped for officers to perform Boating Safety Checks as part of Operation Dry Water. During the safety checks, and subsequent investigation, both Mullane and Klinger, Jr. allegedly appeared to be under the influence of alcohol. EnCon Police Officers took Mullane and Klinger, Jr. into custody and transported them with the assistance of Brookfield Police to the Brookfield Police Department where they were processed and released on $500.00 non-surety bonds. Both are scheduled to appear in Superior Court on Friday, July 12th in Danbury.
Statewide, DEEP EnCon Police made a total of four BUI arrest during Operation Dry Water. One on the Connecticut River in Haddam, one on the Connecticut River in Old Saybrook, and the two on Candlewood Lake. During the operation there were 13 infractions and 18 warnings issued for boating violations.