Maine Boater Charged with BUI After Running Aground


Douglas Stevenson, 44, of Bowdoinham, Maine, has been charged with operating a watercraft under the influence as a result of a boating accident in the early-morning hours of October 30 that left 2 women seriously injured.

Marine Patrol Officer Clint Thompson responded to the accident, which was reported just after midnight. Other responding agencies included Dresden Fire Department, Gardiner Fire Department and Sagadahoc County Sheriff and Richmond Police Department.

According to Marine Patrol reports, Stevenson was operating his 29’ Four Winns powerboat heading north in the Kennebec River when the boat ran aground near the south end of Swan Island. Initial investigation by the Marine Patrol indicates he was travelling at a high rate of speed.

According to Marine Patrol Officer Thompson, there were three passengers onboard, 2 of whom received serious but non-life-threatening injuries. They were Krista Hurst, 41, of Birmingham, Michigan and Lesia Tatarsky, 37, of Warren, Michigan.

All individuals were rescued by Dresden Fire Department, paramedics from Gardiner Fire Department and Sagadahoc County Sheriff Corporal Ian Alexander.  The injured were transported to Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick by Gardiner Rescue.

Marine Patrol Officer Thompson transported Stevenson to Richmond Police Department where he charged him with operating a watercraft under the influence.

Stevenson’s blood alcohol level several hours after the accident was .16, which is double the legal limit.  Boating under the influence is a criminal violation in Maine with penalties that include a fine and imprisonment.

The accident investigation continues and additional charges may be coming.