A U.S. Coast Guard patrol on board their vessel observed a boat cruising in Sarasota Bay Feb. 8 near the 2000 block of Gulf Drive South in Bradenton Beach.
The boat was operating without navigational lights and was stopped. Coast Guard personnel observed a man who appeared to be intoxicated and contacted the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office. A deputy conducted a field sobriety test at Coquina Beach.
After determining the suspect failed the FST, the suspect was arrested for misdemeanor boating under the influence and transported to the Manatee County jail, where he gave the name of a 45-year-old Chiefland man, who turned out to be a relative of the suspect.
Later that day, James Dibell, 44, of Chiefland, was additionally charged with another misdemeanor for providing a false name to law enforcement.
Dibell also was wanted on a felony burglary warrant out of Bradenton.
The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office initially processed Dibell under the false name he provided, which initiated criminal proceedings against his relative.
Because the deception led to another person being charged with a crime, Dibell’s crime of providing a fake name to law enforcement was elevated to a felony charge, criminal use of fraudulent identification.
According to the last of three probable cause affidavits filed in this case, the relative told police it wasn’t the first time Dibell had used his name after being arrested, which has caused problems for him the past.
Dibell was booked into the Manatee County jail and held on $1,500 bond. As of Islander press time, he remained in custody. Dibell is scheduled to be arraigned at 9 a.m. Friday, Feb. 28, at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.