By STEPHANIE BEECKEN
6 News Reporter
LENOIR CITY (WATE) - Vols quarterback Tyler Bray made an agreement in Loudon County court Wednesday to dismiss two charges in a reckless boating incident.
Bray was in Loudon County General Sessions Court for an incident on July 4 involving personal watercraft on Tellico Lake.
"There were 2 PWCs (personal watercrafts) and they were swerving in and out with each other. Two people fell off their PWC into the water and that's when he started spraying them with the PWC," said Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Dewayne Williams.
Officer Williams says the vessels should operate 100 feet apart, but these were much closer. He says Bray come within 20 feet of the two people who fell in the water, which is dangerous.
"If you let off the gas at all, you cannot control your PWC, meaning the way it's going is the way it's going to continue going. So if he would have let off the gas, it could have been bad," Williams said.
Williams is still trying to determine who owns the PWCs. He says Bray shouldn't have been allowed to operate one. "It could be trouble for them as far as not knowing who they are letting operate their PWC who does not have a boating certificate and is not of age to operate it."
TWRA charged Bray with a Class A misdemeanor for reckless operation of a personal watercraft and a Class C misdemeanor for failure to have a boating education certificate. Williams says everyone born after January 1, 1989 must complete the course.
The reckless boating charge will be dismissed if Bray completes a one-year suspension of boating privileges and performs three boater safety appearances or does a TWRA appearance on boating safety.
The lack of a boating education certificate charge will be dismissed if he attends two three-hour boating certification classes to get a boater certificate.
Bray must also pay all courts costs. The court will review the case on February 13.
Bray has agreed to assist TWRA in its campaign to promote boater safety. Officers note that he was polite when he was cited.
When asked to comment on Bray, Vols Offensive Coordinator Jim Chaney said, "I'm comfortable with where he's at with his maturity as a football player, and he's coming around very good. Obviously anytime our quarterback has his name somewhere, that might be detrimental to our image and we don't like that much, but I don't deal with those, those are coach's (issues)."
Knoxville police closed a case earlier in August in which Bray and his roommate, Michael C. Grandinetti, were accused of throwing beer bottles and golf balls onto parked vehicles at their apartment complex in July.
Bray agreed to pay for the damage to an SUV and the apartment complex agreed to pay for damage to a car, according to police. No charges were filed.
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