Boater Arrested For Impairment At Sebastian Boat Ramp

A 22-year-old man was arrested on charges of operating a boat under the influence of alcohol in Sebastian.
A 22-year-old man was arrested on charges of operating a boat under the influence of alcohol in Sebastian. (Photo: Indian River County Sheriff's Office)

SEBASTIAN, Florida – A 22-year-old man was arrested for operating a boat under the influence of alcohol at the Main Street boat ramp in Sebastian, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).

An FWC officer was on patrol at the boat ramp when he observed Samuel Mazzarell approach the dock at the boat ramp.

“I approached to conduct a vessel safety inspection [and] was able to see signs of impairment,” according to the FWC officer in his report.

The officer observed dozens of empty beer bottles and cans and two partially empty liquor bottles.

During the inspection, the officer had to repeat instructions multiple times to Mazzarell as he struggled to maintain his balance.

Mazzarell told the officer he had five beers. He was then asked to conduct a standardized field sobriety test, which he failed.

Mazzarell was arrested and transported to the Indian River County Jail where he was charged with operating a boating vessel in State waters while impaired.

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About Scott Lee
Scott Lee is a columnist and reporter for Sebastian Daily. Scott moved to Indian River County in 2015 and has been writing for various publications for approximately 30 years. Currently, he writes part-time and manages a featured column about local businesses in Sebastian and Vero Beach.
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