FWC charges tow boat operator with boating under the influence
Monday, June 20, 2011
Media contact: Gabriella B. Ferraro, 772-215-9459
Officers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission (FWC) have charged a local tow boat captain with boating
under the influence.
Timothy R. Pooler (DOB 07/20/47) of Boynton Beach had been
dispatched to assist two men whose boat had broken down 25 miles
off Delray Beach Thursday evening. In written statements, the men
said Pooler arrived approximately four hours later and began to
hook the boats up. The men told the FWC that Pooler drove them
around in circles for hours in the darkness.
By daybreak, Pooler asked one of the men to drive his tow boat.
The tow boat ran out of fuel, and the men provided fuel from their
own boat. By that time, the engine on the disabled boat had cooled
sufficiently for it to regain power. The men towed Pooler's tow
boat until they decided to cut it loose.
When the men's boat shut down again, another tow boat was
dispatched to assist. The FWC picked up the impaired tow boat
operator, and the second tow boat brought the men to shore.
Just after 9 a.m. Friday, all arrived at a marina in Jupiter,
about 30 miles north of where they had departed the day before.
Pooler demonstrated impairment while performing a series of
field sobriety tasks administered by FWC officers. He refused to
provide a breath or urine sample.
Pooler told FWC officers he had consumed alcohol Thursday and
should not have reported for duty as a tow boat operator. He also
acknowledged being on several prescription medications.
"The FWC has zero-tolerance for boating under the influence,"
said FWC Maj. Jeff Hubert. "Fortunately, no one was hurt in this