Excelsior man charged for drunken boating with children aboard

- An Excelsior man is charged with boating while intoxicated and driving recklessly with four children aboard the boat, according to a Hennepin County criminal complaint.

According to Hennepin County charges, on July 3 at the Tonka Bay Marina Docks in St. Albans Bay, a deputy watched Kelly Wischmeier back a boat into a dock pole and heard loud cracking sounds.

The deputy pulled up alongside the boat. Kelly Wischmeier says she was driving the boat because her husband, 42-year-old Shawn David Wischmeier, was too drunk to drive. The deputy also noticed Kelly Wischmeier smelled strongly of alcohol and her eyes appeared watery. Wischmeier told the deputy she drank several drinks. She took a preliminary breath test and registered a .08 BAC. 

Another woman on board who was sober offered to drive the boat. She started handling the controls, when Shawn Wischmeier stepped in front of her and accelerated the boat, causing a large wake in the designated quiet waters area, and drove the boat toward the gas docks in a fast motion. The deputy yelled at him to stop and Wischmeier put the boat into reverse, causing it to "jerk backwards in an uncontrolled motion" go about 20 feet before stopping.

There were four children on the boat, ranging between the ages of 10 and 13. Shawn Wischmeier took a preliminary breath test of .186, which is more than twice the legal limit. He told officers he had a "few beers." He was arrested for operating a boat under the influence.


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