I'm certainly not condoning this guy's actions especially since he was a "patrol boat", but I thought I would share an interesting story about tolerance...
Mind you, I am a responsible boater and know my limits and will not drink more than a beer or two throughout the day if I am the captain of any vessel.
I went to a boat show about two summers ago at the civic center with a bunch of friends. I was not driving. We went to the bar first where I consumed about 3 pint sized Captian and Cokes. The local bar here makes them like 50-50 too. Then we went to dinner where we had to wait 45 minutes before we ate. Another 2 or 3 pint sized Captian and Cokes while waiting and during dinner. At the boat show of course they sold beer. I had a few of those (pint sized again). On the way out, the local DEP had a little stand if you will set up in the lobby. They were trying to show the effects of alcohol while driving, etc.
They had these glasses that you put on that were supposed to induce the effects of different levels of intoxication. Basically, they just made your vision blurry.
So, the idea was to put on the glasses and try to walk the line they had taped to the floor in the lobby of the civic center. I told my friends to stop because I wanted to try it (being that I was already quite intoxicated, or so you would think by the amount of alcohol I had consumed in the amount of time that I had consumed it. Believe me, I had a pretty good buzz on.
So, I tried on the glasses and tried to walk the line. I was like "no way is this anything like being drunk" to the DEP officer...
He said "what do you mean?"
I said "I've had like 8 pretty good sized drinks in the last two hours and I don't feel anything like I do with those glasses on"
So I asked him to give me a sobriety test sans glasses.
Well let me tell you, I walked that line perfectly, did turns, stood on one leg, the alphabet, etc. He even gave me the pen test. (For those of you who don't know the pen test, it's where they hold a pen in front of you and make you follow it back and forth with your eyes without turning your head. Sounds easy until you try it drunk.)
Well, he couldn't get me. He said if he saw me on the water and gave me a test he would have to let me go.
At this point there was an audience of about 45 people watching in amazement. He asked me to stay so he could try more tests on me or maybe have someone else try, which one other guy had already done with the pen thing.
I told him "no thank you, we have to go, see you on the water!" With that, we left. Again, I was not driving, my friend was who was not drinking.
Just thought I would share that story because I still find it amusing to this day.
Now about that other guy, they let his friend idle the boat in? Does that mean he didn't get arrested? Did they just let him go or what?