Boater arrested for reckless driving

A Bradenton Beach Police Department officer was on routine patrol at the end of Bridge Street when he observed a boat about 100 feet offshore going in circles in reverse.

The officer observed a man lying down in the vessel and yelled to get his attention. George McElroy, 55, a resident of the boating community anchored in Sarasota Bay near the Historic Bridge Street Pier, stood up and shut off his motor, according to a police report.

The officer ordered McElroy several times to dock his vessel at the dinghy dock near the BridgeTender Dockside Inn and Bar, but said McElroy refused the commands.

McElroy then allegedly cursed at the officer, yelled, “I’m going to call my lawyer” and fled the scene.

The report said McElroy returned several minutes later and drove his boat onto the shoreline, telling the officer he spoke to his attorney.

He was taken into custody, accused of fleeing to elude a law enforcement officer, which is a felony charge and misdemeanor reckless driving.

He was booked into the Manatee County jail and held on $5,500 bond. As of Islander press time, McElroy remained in custody.

He is scheduled to be arraigned at 8:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 13, at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.


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