AUSTIN, Texas (FOX 7 Austin) - A man has been arrested for allegedly drunk boating after he struck a Texas Parks & Wildlife patrol boat on Lake Travis. Two game wardens and an intern were on the boat at the time and suffered minor injuries.
Officials say the wardens were wrapping up a day of enhanced patrols as part the national Fourth of July Operation Dry Water campaign when their boat was hit broadside near Mile Marker 16.
56-year-old Rodney G. Barefield was arrested at the scene and faces third degree felony boating while intoxicated charges.
CLOSE CALL: Texas Game Wardens say two men and a Texas State intern were extremely lucky to have walked away from a BWI boating accident on Lake Travis last night.— Natalie Martinez (@NatalieOnFOX7) July 5, 2019
The suspect Rodney G. Barefield, 56, was arrested.
Barefield also has 3 prior convictions for BWI/DWI.@fox7austin pic.twitter.com/GVhKAEHAI2
Officials say Barefield has three prior convictions for BWI/DWI.