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Posted at 4:44 PM ET, 09/30/2010

Arundel boater facing several charges

By Washington Post editors

The Maryland Natural Resource Police ended up arresting an Anne Arundel County boater they thought they had come to rescue.

NRP officials said in a news release that they received a call about 4:15 p.m Monday about an overturned sailboat in the South River and a person clinging to it. NRP, Coast Guard and Anne Arundel County Fire Boat all responded to the scene. There they found David Anthony Neff, 41, of Edgewater on the 25-foot sailboat.

According to the release, Neff became "beligerent and appeared intoxicated" as rescuers tried to check on his welfare. Then Neff attempted to ram the fire boat with his sailboat -- three times, according to officials.

He ignored calls to stop his vessel. He refused to drop his sails. And, officials said, he maneuvered his boat back and forth to prevent boarding.

Officials did finally board. Neff, they said, resisted arrest.

Neff was eventually subdued and taken ashore where he failed sobriety field tests and an alcohol breath test.

He has been charged with: reckless endangerment, resisting arrest, hindering and obstructing a police officer, failing to comply with a lawful order, operating a vessel under the influence of alcohol, operating a vessel while impaired by alcohol and attempting to elude a police officer.

A trial date for Neff is scheduled for Dec. 17 at District Court in Annapolis.

By Washington Post editors  | September 30, 2010; 4:44 PM ET
 
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That's some pretty poor reporting. The way it's written, this guy tried to ram police with an upside down sailboat....

Posted by: IwanaGofishing | October 1, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

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