Women Ticketed For Partying, Taking Pictures On Boat WIthout Driver Up North

A fun day on Walloon Lake turned out to be costly for these partiers.

WWJ News
September 09, 2019 - 4:32 pm
boat at dock

(WWJ) – A wild day on the lake turned out to be costly for a group of women in Northern Michigan.

An official DNR report says a conservation officer – Ethan Mapes – was patrolling Walloon Lake, located between Petoskey and Boyne City in Charlevoix County, when he saw a boat with no navigation lights after sunset.

The report says Mapes took a closer look at the boat through binoculars and determined that nobody was driving the boat. Meanwhile, a large group of young females were dancing on the seats, drinking beer and posing on the bow of the boat for a picture.

The officer stopped the boat and after the women performed sobriety tests, the “driver” of the boat was ticketed for operating after sunset without navigation lights.

The operator of the boat was also hit with a ticket for operating at greater than “no wake” speed with a person on the bow.

It was not immediately clear how many people were on the boat or if any tickets for intoxication were issued.