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Leesburg man charged with boating DUI after breaking up with girlfriend

Justin Charles Watson
Justin Charles Watson

The owner of the private dock called the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission on Saturday to report that 29-year-old Justin Charles Watson had damaged his dock located on Redbud Road at the river.

When a FWC officer arrived on the scene, he made contact with the dock owner and Watson. The officer met with Watson who was still on the boat. Watson immediately volunteered that he had been drinking. Watson stated that “he had just broken up with his girlfriend and just wanted to get away,” according to the arrest report. He admitted to drinking two beers and having two shots of whiskey before causing his boat to damage the dock. The officer noted the smell of alcohol on his breath as well as slurred speech and bloodshot eyes.

The officer had Watson step into his patrol craft where Watson agreed to perform standardized field sobriety exercises. Watson was placed under arrest after performing poorly on the sobriety exercises. He was transported to the Lake County Jail where he refused to provide a breath sample.

He was booked on a charge of boating under the influence. He was released after posting $2,000 bond.

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