Man charged with drunkenly crashing boat off Warwick coast

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WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — A boat crash off the coast of Warwick Friday evening resulted in the arrest of the operator on a drunk-boating charge.

Warwick Police Capt. Lori Michailides said the crash occurred at about 6:45 p.m. at the Conimicut Point sandbar.

The operator, an adult male identified Saturday as 46-year-old Shawn Kiernan of Cranston, was the only person on board, according to Michailides. He was taken to Kent County Hospital with minor injuries.

Michailides said Kiernan was charged with boating under the influence and was released with a summons to appear in court.

Officials with the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management also responded to Friday’s crash.