MARYLAND -- WBFF -- Maryland Natural Resources Police say that 14 people were arrested on charges of operating a boat while impaired by alcohol or drugs during the extended Independence Day holiday.
The largest number of arrests, 10, happened on the first holiday weekend, which was during Operation Dry Water, a nationwide campaign against impaired boating.
The highest blood alcohol content registered was 0.22, nearly three times the legal limit. For the holiday period, July 2-8, Maryland Natural Resources Police officers investigated 14 boating accidents that caused injury or property damage.
They issued 634 citations and 724 written warnings. As part of the continuing education campaign, 911 vessel safety checks were conducted.
In addition, they interacted with 3,474 recreational anglers, 238 watermen, 1,192 crabbers and 6,719 visitors to public lands.
On July 1, 51-year-old Kelly Grapes of North East, was charged with operating while impaired and reckless and dangerous operation in the aftermath of a boat collision that damaged a dock and another boat in the North East River.
He failed field sobriety tests and refused to take an Intoximeter test. Grapes is set to appear in Cecil County District Court on August 8.
Other people arrested during the extended holiday for impaired boating were a Glen Burnie man, on July 1 on the Magothy River; a Riverdale man, on July 1 on the Patuxent River; a Mount Holly, New Jersey man, on July 1 on the Sassafras River; a Glen Rock, Pennsylvania man on July 1 on Stoney Creek.
Also, a Chincoteague, Virginia man on the Fourth of July at Sinepuxent Bay; a Potomac man on the Fourth of July, in Solomons Harbor; a Secretary man on July 7 in Isle of Wight Bay; and a Prince Frederick man on July 7 in Solomons Harbor, were also arrested.