Man pleads not guilty in BB boating incident

A man accused of fleeing an officer and recklessly operating his boat in Bradenton Beach has pleaded not guilty and demanded a jury trial.

A preliminary hearing for George Mark McElroy was scheduled for Oct. 11.

A probable cause affidavit filed with the court by the Bradenton Beach Police Department states that McElroy was arrested Aug. 23 in the 200 block of Bridge Street.

Officer Michael Bazell wrote that he was patrolling the mooring field near the Historic Bridge Street Pier and saw a man “operating his vehicle recklessly” within 100 feet of shore.

The officer said he repeatedly advised the man, who was verbally abusive, to dock his boat. The man left the area, then returned, claiming he had called an attorney, according to the BBPD.

The man was taken into custody for alleged reckless operation of his boat and fleeing and attempting to elude a law enforcement officer.

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