TWRA: Drunk boater evades officer, hides in woods near Percy Priest Lake

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — A drunk boater who had been placed under arrest on Percy Priest Lake ran from an officer and hid in a wooded area nearby, a police report states.

According to an arrest affidavit, a Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency officer spotted a boat Sunday with no visible registration decal.

When the boat was stopped, the TWRA officer noticed the decal was in the mid part of the vessel, rather than the bow, the paperwork alleges.

While speaking with the operator, identified by investigators as Benjamin Bingham, the officer said he noticed the 33-year-old appeared to be drunk.

The officer said Bingham performed poorly on Field Sobriety Tasks and was taken into custody on a charge of Boating Under the Influence, or BUI.

Once the officer and suspect were back on the shore, the officer said Bingham asked to remove the handcuffs so he could take off his life jacket and use the restroom.

The TWRA officer said Bingham had been cooperative, so he took off his handcuffs and allowed him to use the restroom.

The arrest affidavit states Bingham put on his clothes and said “see ya!” to the officer, then ran into the woods near Lincoya Bay Apartments where he was eventually taken back into custody.

The suspect was charged Sunday night with BUI and evading arrest.

His bond was set at $3,000.

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