Two Arundel men are charged with boating under the influence


Two Anne Arundel County residents were among a group of four men arrested in two separate incidents and charged with operating a boat while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Maryland Natural Resources Police charged James M. Walker, 47, of the 800 block of Derby Farms Road in Severn with possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia and operating a boat under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance Saturday.

Glen Burnie resident Raymond E. Benyock, 33, of the 7100 block of Lindale Woods Ave. was charged in a separate incident with operating a boat while intoxicated, police said.

About 8:15 p.m., a Natural Resources Police officer stopped Mr. Walker for having improperly displayed registration numbers while operating his 20-foot boat near the Solomons public boat ramp. While questioning Mr. Walker, the officer began to suspect he was under the influence of alcohol or drugs, police said.

A search of Mr. Walker's boat turned up three small film canisters of suspected marijuana, five pipes and a package of rolling papers.

Two passengers on Mr. Walker's boat, David P. Walker, 22, and William P. Caswell, 19, both of Laurel also were charged with possession of marijuana and paraphernalia.

In an earlier incident, police arrested Mr. Benyock about 1 a.m. Saturday after responding to a complaint from the Department of Defense Police at the Patuxent River Naval Station about a boat without navigational lights making slow circles near the West Basin. Defense police had discovered two men in the boat, both unconscious.

When Natural Resource Police searched the boat, they discovered about 20 empty beer cans aboard the 19-foot Wellcraft and Mr. Benyock, who was having difficulty standing without assistance.

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