Conservation officers arrest man for DWI on Ohio River

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A Kentucky man was arrested Sunday by Indiana Conservation Officers on a number of charges including boating while intoxicated.

56-year-old Michael C. Lawton, 56, from Henderson, Kentucky, faces charges of boating while intoxicated with a prior conviction, boating while intoxicated with a BAC greater than .08, and a misdemeanor warrant out of Vanderburgh County.

Also arrested was Lawton’s son, Justin M. Lawton, 19, and Katelyn D. Osborne, 20, both from Henderson, for minor consumption of an alcoholic beverage.

During the summer boating season, Indiana Conservation Officers are provided the opportunity to work extra boating saturation patrol hours on their off-duty time to target impaired boat operators.

This program is funded by the United States Coast Guard. ICO Paul Crockett, who is assigned Gibson County, was on saturation patrol on the Ohio River yesterday evening near the Henderson downtown boat ramp.

Shortly before 6 p.m. on Sunday, Officer Crockett noticed a possible registration violation on a pontoon boat being driven by the elder Lawton.

Upon approaching the watercraft, the officer detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage on the driver. The ensuing investigation and field sobriety test resulted in the senior Lawton being taken into custody. J. Lawton and Osborne were also taken into custody due to their level of intoxication. The pontoon boat was released to a fourth passenger who had not been drinking.

All three were taken to the Dogtown Boat Ramp then transported, with assistance from the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office, to the Vanderburgh County Jail where the elder Lawton tested .11 BAC. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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