Unsteady Oarsman: The Curious Case of the Drunk Canoeist
In an unexpected episode of aquatic misconduct, a Canadian gentleman finds himself in legal crosshairs for allegedly navigating a canoe in an intoxicated state on the tranquil waters of British Columbia’s Chistina Lake. The law enforcement agency involved, none other than the Grand Forks Royal Canadian Mounted Police, took up the task of apprehending this mariner of mischief.
The High Seas of Chistina Lake
The Mounties engaged in a waterborne pursuit of this unnamed 51-year-old accused, who seemed too besotted to heed their commands. The statement by the RCMP paints a vivid picture of defiance. “The man eventually made his way to a dock and hid under there for several minutes, again refusing to comply.” Persistence paid off when one officer ventured into the lake, physically extracting the man from his clandestine dock refuge and successfully reeling him to the shore.
Rowing on the Rocks: Navigating BC’s BUI Laws
British Columbia’s legislature apparently broadly interprets “vehicle” under its intoxication laws. This comprehensive understanding includes even non-motorized vehicles like canoes if the operator’s blood-alcohol level sails above .08. While this might seem a stretch, the police enforce the law unwittingly.
Unpowered Yet Unlawful: Safety at Stake?
This unique incident begs a question that should not go unasked: If the vessel was paddle-powered, was the merry mariner truly endangering others?