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Reserve deputy accused of drunkenly stealing boat

3 years 7 months 3 days ago Monday, April 13 2015 Apr 13, 2015 April 13, 2015 5:02 PM April 13, 2015 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: APNewsNow

COVINGTON - A St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office reserve deputy has been stripped of his commission and faces charges after he drunkenly stole a department patrol boat and crashed it into a piling outside a riverfront bar-restaurant in Madisonville.

NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports 39-year-old Danny Eckhart was not acting in any official capacity Saturday night when he boarded the boat docked on the Tchefuncte River and drove it downriver to T Rivers Bar and Grill.

Capt. George Bonnett says no one was injured in the crash.

Eckhart was booked with unauthorized use of a moveable and state wildlife officials booked him for operating a vehicle while intoxicated. Bonnett says Eckhart is free after posting a $7,500 bond. He says Eckhart was de-commissioned as a reserve officer following the alleged incident.

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