Massapequa Park man accused of BWI, crashing into dock

A Massapequa Park man is facing charges of boating while intoxicated after he crashed his craft into a private dock in Massapequa Cove early this

MASSAPEQUA - A Massapequa Park man is facing charges of boating while intoxicated after he crashed his craft into a private dock in Massapequa Cove early this morning, police say. Barbara Phelps says she awoke to a crash in her backyard at around 2 a.m. She looked out her window and saw movement by her dock. Phelps' daughter yelled out to the boaters to stay put, but the boat backed up and took off. Phelps called 911 and Nassau's Marine Bureau was able to catch up with the damaged boat in the nearby bay. Police say 36-year-old John McKnight was intoxicated while captaining the boat. There were two other people on board, police say, and the craft did not have any navigational lights on. The incident comes in the wake of a BWI crash that left one man dead in the waters off of West Islip. Police in both Nassau and Suffolk say they are beefing up marine patrols to watch for drunken boaters.Police: Body of missing boater found under Robert Moses CausewayOfficials crack down on BWI in wake of deadly crash

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