Boating while intoxicated: Repeat offender arrested for drinking while operating jetski on Lake Houston, police say

Repeat offender arrested for driving jetski while intoxicated in Lake Houston, police say (Copyright 2022 by KPRC Click2Houston - All rights reserved.)

A man has been arrested after authorities said he was operating a jetski while intoxicated on Sunday.

According to court documents, 42-year-old Bryan Ste-Marie, was riding on Lake Houston around 6 p.m. when Texas Game Warden Mathias Wason approached him after noticing the suspect operating less than 50 feet away from another vessel, which is a safety violation.

Wason said he and another warden turned on their blue emergency lights and confronted the suspect. During their inspection, they noticed Ste-Marie had an open Miller Light beer in his hand.

Ste-Marie was also said to have bloodshot red eyes and was reportedly slurring his speech.

The suspect was then put through a series of field sobriety tests where Wason said several clues indicated the man was, in fact, intoxicated. Additionally, Wason said Ste-Marie initially refused to provide a specimen of his breath and further refused to sign the form indicating his refusal.

Ste-Marie was placed under arrest for boating while intoxicated and later posted a $10,000 bond.

He was expected back in court Tuesday.

Court records state Ste-Marie has a lengthy criminal history, with his last arrest and conviction being another boating while intoxicated charge. His first run-in with the law dates back to 1997 when he was arrested and spent 180 days in jail for a marijuana possession charge.

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