Boater charged after crash along Southport waterfront
SOUTHPORT, NC (WWAY) — The driver of a boat that crashed in Southport last night faces multiple charges.
Ofc. Matt Criscoe of the NC Wildlife Resources Commission tells WWAY Kevin Harrell, 51, of Wilmington, is charged with operating a motor vessel under the influence of an impairing substance and careless and reckless operation of a motor vessel.
Wildlife Resources says the boat had four people on it heading south toward Southport around 7 p.m. when a second boat was traveling northward. Witnesses told officials the boat hit the second wake from the northbound boat and the bow quickly submerged.
Criscoe says all four men were thrown from the boat.
Officials say the force also caused the driver to hit full throttle. The boat then drove full speed through three docks as well as a docked boat before coming to a stop on the bulkhead.
The four passengers were rescued by neighbors who got in their boats and went out into the waterway to pick them up.
Criscoe says Harrell and two passengers were treated at the scene. The third passenger was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center, where he was treated and released overnight.