A Menifee, CA man has been arrested on the Parker Strip for OUI after he struck another boat and caused head injuries to its operator that required transport to hospital.
On Sunday afternoon, April 19th, at approximately 2:25 pm, deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station Marine Enforcement Unit were dispatched to an injury accident just south of Echo Lodge Resort on the Parker Strip.
Hannah Scott, 21 from Huntington Beach, was a passenger in a 19-foot Omega boat that was floating on the water approaching a popular beach spot.
John Deuth, 35 from Menifee, was operating a 24-foot Tracker pontoon boat traveling southbound at approximately 20 miles per hour. The front of Deuth’s boat collided with the rear of the Omega boat, according to deputies. After the collision, both vessels were brought to the shoreline on the California side of the river.
“During the course of the investigation, it was discovered that Deuth was operating his vessel while under the influence of alcohol/drugs,” says a statement by the Sheriff’s Department. “Deuth was subsequently placed under arrest and taken to the Needles Jail for booking. Scott was transported to the Havasu Regional Medical Center with head injuries and later released. This investigation is on going and anyone with additional information is urged to contact the Colorado River Station.”