06/01/12  Indiana Conservation Officers in operational district one cracked down on Memorial Day weekend on would be violators.  District One comprises the counties of Wabash, Miami, Fulton, Kosciusko, Marshall, St. Joseph, and Elkhart.  16 officers logged 461 hours of patrol which included patrols at state properties within the district such as Mississinewa and Salamonie reservoirs, Potato Creek State Park and Tri County Fish and Wildlife Area.  Officers spent the majority of their patrol on boating patrol enforcement on the hundreds of lakes and rivers within the district.  Officers issued 159 boating tickets as well as 11 boating while intoxicated custodial arrests.  Other notable arrests made were:

25 Fishing Violations; including undersized/over bag limit of walleye

15 Minor Consumption of alcohol

2 Public Intoxication

1 Felony intimidation with a deadly weapon

1 Felony warrant service

1 Resisting Law Enforcement

1 Disorderly Conduct

1 Possession of marijuana

1 Hindering a Conservation Officer

1 Open container of alcohol in motor vehicle

1 Passenger boat for hire violation

Numerous motor vehicle infractions

District One Lt. John Karris stated he was proud of the effort his officers put forth over the holiday weekend.  “The hot weather and sunny skies drew thousands of boaters to the waterways and I believe the work the officers conducted truly made a difference so everyone could enjoy their weekend safely” commented Lt. Karris.  There were no reported property damage or personal injury incidents on the waterways over the weekend in district one.  Incident free weekends are the ultimate goal for Conservation Officers concentrated boating enforcement efforts during the summer.  District One Conservation Officers will continue actively patrolling the waterways looking for impaired and dangerous boat operators this summer.  If you suspect someone of impaired or dangerous boat operation please contact your Indiana Conservation Officers’ dispatch at 1.812.837.9536 or your local enforcement agency immediately.