On August 21, 2012, I wrote an article on my Jacksonville criminal law blog about a boating accident in the Atlantic Beach and Mayport area. In the article, Possible Arrest for Fleeing Atlantic Beach Florida Boater, I wrote about Kenneth Thomas. The United States Coast Guard at the Naval Station Mayport searched the Atlantic Beach area for Thomas.
According to reports, Thomas was the captain of the shrimp boat, and he ran it aground. As he appeared to be working with police, he just off the boat and began swimming away. He did get away from the police initially. Police learned that his mother had contact with him a day later.
On September 6, 2012, Thomas was arrested by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. He has been arrested for Jacksonville disorderly conduct. He was arrested for alcohol-related charges, such as Jacksonville disorderly intoxication and boating under the influence. Boating under the influence is similar to a DUI in Jacksonville. It is strange that Thomas is being arrested for boating under the influence or BUI when he was not apprehended until much later. Normally when a person is arrested for boating or driving under the influence, there is some kind of physical evidence that the person was under the influence of alcohol. There is usually a breath test or blood test. I do not know if there is any blood or breath evidence in this case, but I would be surprised if there were, due to.
Since Thomas was accused of fleeing from the United States Coast Guard, he is being charged with Jacksonville resisting an officer without violence. Resisting the police without using violence cases usually occur when someone runs from the police, but we need more details to decide whether police were acting lawfully in this situation. Thomas was also arrested for Jacksonville leaving the scene of an accident. This is because he was involved in a boating crash and left without giving the required information. Jacksonville Hit and Run Laws After Leaving the Scene of a Crash for car accidents can be found under Chapter 316.
Thomas “is being held on a total bond of $650,012.” He “is scheduled to appear in court on September 16 at 9 a.m.” at the Duval County Courthouse (First Coast News). Hopefully, Thomas has discussed his case and all of his defenses with a Jacksonville lawyer. He will need to work with his Duval County criminal lawyer to fight these charges.