According to a press release issued by DEC, on the evening of August 9th, a man backed his Jeep and boat trailer, with boat attached, into Onondaga Lake — missing the newly erected DEC boat launch by 50 feet and becoming stuck in mud along the shoreline.
One tow truck and $800 later, the man drove away unscathed without reporting the incident to DEC. Three days later, on August 12th, the same man successfully navigated the ramp at the same boat launch, but failed to apply the brakes, fully submerging his trailer and Jeep in Onondaga Lake.
The allegedly intoxicated man escaped through the window of the vehicle and made it to shore. This time, a witness called 911. NYS Environmental Conservation Officer Damrath, along with Geddes Police and Onondaga County Parks Police, responded to the boat launch immediately. ECO Damrath noted the sheen of gasoline and garbage leaking from the man’s vehicle and contacted Region 7 Spill Response experts.
NRC Environmental Services responded to contain the fuel spill. With cooperating witness statements, ECO Damrath charged the driver with several violations of Environmental Conservation Law and State regulations. Geddes Police is leading the DWI investigation.
Photo of submerged vehicle at the DEC boat launch on Onondaga Lake provided.