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Cape boater facing several charges after arrest

By Staff | Mar 17, 2023

Kurt James Snowden

On Thursday, March 16, at approximately 9:11 p.m., officers from the Cape Coral Police Department responded to a call for service at 2100 block of Southwest 45th Terrace in reference to a boating hit and run.

The call noted stated that a male, later identified as Kurt James Snowden, 51, of 2517 S.W. 52nd St., Cape Coral, was highly intoxicated and was operating a boat inside the canals, causing a scene. Snowden reportedly played music loudly, screamed, disturbed the peace and struck several docks in the area with his boat.

Cape police made contact with witnesses who all had similar accounts of what had transpired. These witnesses led officers to where Snowden was still operating the boat.

The police report states that officers gave Snowden numerous lawful commands to dock his boat, which he verbally refused to do, and fled the area by boat towards the direction of his home.

With the assistance of Cape Coral Fire Department’s Marine Unit and Lee County Sheriff’s Office Aviation, Cape officers tracked Snowden back to his home address. After numerous attempts to dock his damaged boat, Snowden’s boat was docked, and he got off. Officers gave Snowden commands, and he complied; he was immediately detained without further incident.

According to the CCPD report, Snowden refused to participate in Standardized Field Sobriety Tests/Evaluations and refused to provide a sample of his breath.

Snowden was subsequently transported to Lee County Jail and charged with Boating Under the Influence. F.S.S. 327.35(1)(a), Flee/Elude Police in Boat F.S.S. 843.18, Resisting Without Violence F.S.S. 843.02 and Breach of the Peace F.S.S. 877.03.

The CCPD said additional charges could follow on the reported hit and run.

Source: Cape Coral Police Department