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Intoxicated man allegedly pushes wife and stepson into lake after day on their boat

A Clermont man was arrested after allegedly slapping his wife and pushing her and his stepson into a lake after a day on their boat.

Jeffrey Poynter
Jeffrey Poynter

A deputy responded to an undisclosed Clermont residence regarding a possible battery around 9:10 p.m. Monday, according to an arrest report from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. 

Upon arrival, the deputy met with the female victim who explained that she, her son and her husband, 63-year-old Jeffrey Poynter, were out on the boat in the lake behind their house. She announced that it was time to bring the boat back in and asked her son to drive because Poynter was intoxicated. Her son docked the boat and went inside the house, causing the boat to drift away from the dock, the report said. 

Poynter became irate about going home early, and as the victim was trying to get the boat closer to the dock, he slapped her across the face. This caused her glasses to come off, and she jumped in the water. Her son came back outside and tried to get a ladder to help her out, but he and Poynter started pushing each other, causing her son to fall into the water, too, the report said. 

The deputy next spoke with the victim’s son who stated that he was inside the home when the altercation between his mother and stepfather, Poynter, happened. He noticed his mother was in the water and ran outside to help her out. He tried to grab a ladder to that end when Poynter pushed him, the report said. 

The two began pushing each other, and during the struggle, Poynter pushed his stepson into the water. Poynter also ended up in the water because he grabbed him as he fell, the report said. 

Poynter was interviewed last, and he appeared to be visibly intoxicated. He was unsteady on his feet, had slurred speech and smelled strongly of alcohol. He denied slapping his wife but had difficulty recalling the events, the report said. 

Both the victim and her son declined to prosecute or to provide an affidavit. However, Poynter was still arrested for two counts of simple battery (domestic). The Indiana native was transported to Lake County Jail and released after posting $2,000 bond. 

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