Boater accused of DUI chaos in Cape Coral canals, evading police

Writer: Joey Pellegrino
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Kurt Snowden, 51. Credit: Lee County Sheriff’s Office

A man was arrested Thursday night after police say he caused a scene in Cape Coral canals while drunk and fled on his boat after striking several docks.

According to the Cape Croal Police Department, Kurt Snowden, 51, was arrested after officers went to the 2100 block of Southwest 45th Terrace. A call had come in regarding a boating hit-and-run around 9:15 p.m.

The call notes said a man later identified as Snowden was operating a boat inside the canals while highly drunk, causing a scene. He played music loudly, screamed, disturbed the peace and struck several docks in the area with his boat.

Witnesses at the scene gave similar accounts of what happened. They led officers to where Snowden was still operating the boat. Officers ordered him to dock his boat, which he refused to do, steering the boat toward his home.

The Cape Coral Fire Department’s marine unit and the Lee County Sheriff’s Office aviation unit helped CCPD track Snowden back to his home. After numerous attempts to dock his damaged boat, Snowden got off and was immediately detained.

Snowden refused to participate in field sobriety tests or provide a breath sample. He was then transported to the Lee County Jail.

Snowden faces charges of boating under the influence, fleeing/eluding the police in a boat, resisting without violence, and breaching the peace. Additional hit-and-run charges pending.

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