Accused drunk Florida boater poops in water, throws pot overboard during arrest

James Bates was arrested for allegedly drunkenly boating off the coast of Florida.CHARLOTTE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

James Bates was arrested for allegedly drunkenly boating off the coast of Florida.

Well, that’s one way to avoid arrest.

A Florida plumber caught drunkenly boating through a manatee zone pooped in the water and threw his marijuana overboard when a deputy tried to arrest him, deputies said.

James Christian Bates threatened to beat up his arresting officer when he was taken into custody off the coast of Port Charlotte Sunday, according to the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office.

A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officer spotted the 60-year-old speeding through a manatee zone without his boat’s lights on,the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reported. When the officer pulled the boat over, Bates appeared to be intoxicated.

As the officer began to climb aboard Bates’ vessel to arrest him, Bates defecated over the side of the ship, deputies said.

The accused drunken boater also hurled three marijuana blunts into the water. The officer struggled to arrest Bates, who became increasingly combative, and eventually pepper-sprayed the perp, according to an arrest report.

“Also, Mr. Bates made a comment that he should have, ‘beat my ass and left me there and no one would have known,’” the officer wrote in the report.

Bates failed a sobriety test when the officer finally got him back to shore, deputies said.

Bates was charged with a felony count of tampering with evidence and a slew of misdemeanors: dumping raw human waste, boating under the influence, marijuana possession, drug paraphernalia possession, resisting arrest and interfering with a wildlife officer.

The arrest report lists Bates’ occupation as a plumber

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