A man who used to run a group that encouraged people to stay safe while boating on Lake Norman was arrested, accused of boating while drunk.
As expected, boat traffic has been nonstop with thousands of people coming and going throughout Memorial Day weekend.
Channel 9 rode with wildlife resource officers and Sgt. Barry Rowell on Lake Norman as they looked for a number of boating violations.
Officers found operators without their registrations or broken fire extinguishers, but Rowell said every stop they look to see if a boat operator is intoxicated.
On Saturday night, Nate Davis, the former chairman of the Lake Norman Marine Commission was arrested for operating a boat while intoxicated.
The commission promotes safety and responsibility on the water.
Chanenl 9 spoke to Davis on the phone. He said he was out for a ride with some friends. He told Channel 9 he had three to four drinks earlier in the evening but was not drinking while operating the boat and he does not believe that he was intoxicated.
He said he was exercising his right to refuse a Breathalyzer and believed there was no probable cause to stop him.
“The only time they are arrested is when we feel like we have enough evidence that we can convict them in court,” Rowell said.
Davis was previously arrested on drunken driving charges in May 2010.
It could be months before a committee recommends new safety standards for renting boats on Lake Norman.
The committee was created after a woman lost her arm in a boating accident on the lake last June.
The boat was rented by a man who had never driven one before and it raised concerns about inexperienced drivers.
One committee member told Channel 9 this weekend that he hopes to have the guidelines ready for this summer.