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Drunk on a Sailboat, Drunk and Violent at the Bowling Lanes, Sobered Up at County Jail

| August 26, 2013

Shane Hefner, left, and Hamish MacDonald.

Shane Hefner, left, and Hamish MacDonald.

Police and public safety agencies were busy this weekend responding to the consequences of two individuals in unrelated incidents that had one thing in common: drunkenness.

In the first case, on Friday afternoon, authorities were alerted to a sailboat in the Intracoastal Waterway, going around in circles, with its operator asleep on its deck.

Officer Darryl Thornhill of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) was dispatched along with officer Eric Meade, after Flagler County Sheriff’s deputies and Flagler County Fire Rescue and Palm Coast Fire Department units had responded.

The man piloting the 34-foot sailboat—or not piloting it, as the case may be—was Hamish MacDonald, 34, a London-born resident of Fort Lauderdale, according to his booking report, who found himself on the deck of a property at 74 River Trail in Palm Coast’s Grand Haven subdivision Friday.

“He had the odor of alcoholic beverage coming from his facial area and his eyes were bloodshot,” investigators reported. McDonald was field-tested for sobriety. He failed every test. He was arrested for boating under the influence.

At the Flagler County jail, his breath samples tested at .214 and .199, well above the legal limit of 0.08. He posted $1,000 bond and was released.

It’s not the first incident in Intracoastal waters for MacDonald. Less than six weeks ago, he was sailing near the St. Augustine Inlet when he decided to get into a 13-foot skiff and approach the beach. Strong waves capsized the boat some 500 to 700 feet from shore, according to FWC. MacDonald later claimed that he may have been the victim of a waterspout, though none was recorded by the National Weather Service.  An FWC patrol boat rescued him. He was not injured. He got back to his sailing vessel and boated on.

Boating under the influence is punishable by a fine of at least $500 for a first offense (but no more than $1,000), and a maximum of six months in prison.

The second incident took place late Saturday night, starting at Palm Coast Lanes, the bowling alley on Old Kings Road just north of the Staples shopping center.

Shane Hefner, a 23-year-old resident of South Daytona Avenue in Flagler Beach, was at the bowling lanes’ bar, and he was not happy.


He told a cop that he got annoyed with the bartender after she refused to serve him alcohol, then intentionally spilled a drink across the bar, made some verbal comments to the bartender and proceeded to walk out.

He got in his vehicle and started driving—a 1999 Chevrolet pick-up. A Flagler County Sheriff’s deputy stopped the vehicle  at Walmart. Hefner was at the wheel, along with a passenger, Dalton Roy Edwards.

In her statement to police, the bartender said Hefner called her names “and threw a pint beer glass at her, just missing her leg.” The bartender wanted to press charges.

Hefner agreed to submit to sobriety tests, which he did not perform well, according to his arrest report. He was unable to keep his balance while listening to instructions, performing an improper turn , losing count, and touching the side rather than the tip of his nose. But his breath sample, provided at the county jail, returned a result of 0.082 the first time, and 0.072 the second time. The legal limit is 0.08.

He was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and driving under the influence. He posted $1,500 bond and was released.

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9 Responses for “Drunk on a Sailboat, Drunk and Violent at the Bowling Lanes, Sobered Up at County Jail”

  1. RHWeir says:

    Regarding Hamish, another reason why my boat looks good sitting up on its trailer all clean and covered. There are so many drunk boaters and no speed limits on the ICW for the most part in PC. “At the Flagler County jail, his breath samples tested at .214 and .199, well above the legal limit of 0.08.” Wow, now that is passed out.

  2. anonymous says:

    I’m sure we can find a couple more partyers around this town, give em some instruments bingo gotta new Metal band called the “BUD WISERS”

  3. Bisquick says:

    Why the HYPED UP charges ? Its always the same with these cops. The charges do not reflect the crime. They get EXTRA money for the HYPED UP charges, the COURTS get EXTRA money, the LAWYERS get EXTRA money….Its all a big SCAM to milk the citizen out of money and take away the Constitutional rights.
    I suggest this guy hire a good lawyer and get that HYPED UP charge of aggravated assault dropped. Since when is a glass of beer a weapon. If that’s the case then that woman who struck her husband with a dog leash should be charged with attempted murder.

  4. Outsider says:

    Aggravated assault with a deadly weapon? Yeah that’ll stick…..

  5. A.S.F. says:

    Listen, people, drunk boaters can do a LOT of damage, not only to themselves but to other innocent people and to the environment as well. How much of taxpayers money has been spent to rescue this character and get him out of trouble? A lot of people on this forum seem to making light of this and, inexplicably, pointing their fingers at the cops. I guess, there, but for the grace of God, goes I, huh?

  6. Florida Native says:

    “With a drunk drunk here and a drunk drunk there,here a drunk,there a drunk everywhere a drunk drunk.”

  7. Shocked, I tell you... says:

    To Bisquick and Outsider: If that glass of beer hits the right spot, it is indeed assault. Have people here gotten so used to bad behavior they think is ok? NOT.

  8. Prescient33 says:

    Anyone who has been clocked by a heavy pint glass (a 16 oz container for grade school dropouts), can attest to its efficacy as a weapon, as it can inflict heavy damage, lethal if it strikes a temple. Only in movies where the “glass” is a brittle sugar composite does the victim emerge unscathed. It should be remembered that the bartenders do not sign on for combat pay, nor should they be considered to be targets of an inebriate’s wrath. If some knuckle dragging idiot is unhappy with a bartender’s decision on the state of his sobriety, he should not be allowed to get away with assaulting the server with a weapon at hand, a heavy glass.

  9. Anon says:

    Not sure I understand the dui charge on the second case. (not that I agree with driving while under the influence). Legal limit is 0.08. And he tested at 0.082 and 0.072, which since the legal limit doesn’t go to the next digit, it would be 0.08 and 0.07, so he basically tested at the limit? Is 0.08 considered “drunk” or is 0.08 the limit beyond which one is considered drunk when they pass that limit? Maybe they had to charge him but I highly doubt that charge will stick either.

    I wonder if we’re about to see a new trend. People will stop using illegal drugs and return to alcohol as a drug of choice? I don’t know, seems to be happening.

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