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Monroe man facing BUI, resisting arrest charges

News Release

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Media contact: Officer Robert Dube, 305-684-8703

Officers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) have charged a Monroe County man with boating under the influence, resisting arrest and reckless operation of a vessel. All of the charges are misdemeanors.

On July 4, FWC officers responded to a possible search-and-rescue call in Jewfish Basin. There, they found a boat adrift with no navigational lights or anchor light displayed.

FWC officers suspected the operator, William Z. Freeman (DOB 09/30/89) of Key West, was impaired. After interviewing other passengers and conducting sobriety tests, FWC officers James Johnson and Seth Wingard directed Freeman to anchor the vessel, stay at the location and not operate the vessel as they searched for the missing person.

About two hours later, the officers learned the missing man had arrived home safely and was unharmed. They returned to where they had left Freeman and his boat, but he was gone. After an unsuccessful search for Freeman and the boat in the surrounding area and marina, the officers obtained a warrant for his arrest.

On Saturday, Freeman was taken into custody and booked into the Monroe County jail. He has been released on $8,000 bond.



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