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BWI! Boating While Intoxicated

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Memorial Day weekend kicks off one big party all summer long on Lake Conroe in Montgomery County.

But partying on the lake usually means some alcohol is involved.

We've obtained police video from Lake Conroe...It's a man suspected of BWI...boating while intoxicated. It was captured by state game wardens while patrolling the lake last summer...

This week that man in the video is in a Montgomery County courtroom. He faces two years in prison if found guilty for operating that boat while drinking.

Warren Diepraam is an assistant District Attorney in Montgomery County. He says, "a boating while intoxicated case is exactly the same offense as driving while intoxicated case."

Only one floor up in the same Montgomery County courthouse at the same time this young woman also charged with BWI from last summer. Her cost will be just as much as a dwi case between 10 and 15 thousand dollars to defend herself.

That's why the Montgomery County district attorney's office wants to get out the word as we approach the boating season.

Diepraam says boating while drinking is more dangerous than driving while drinking.

Diepraam also says BWI can lead to more problems for those who are on board. He says that party atmosphere on the lake isn't just turned off like a light switch. A switch that tends to leave you in the Game wardens office at the lake undergoing a sobriety check like this suspect. A man who is now on trial.

He says, 'On a boat pretty much everyone is drinking....if there are 15 people drinking they all get off the boat and drive their car. It enables 15 other people.'

By the way, next week there will be a third BWI trial in this courthouse also from last summer.

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