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Farmingville man pleads not guilty in boat crash that left 1 missing

The Farmingdale man who allegedly drove a boat drunk that resulted in a crash that left his childhood friend missing pleaded not guilty and will be released on bail, while the search for his friend continues.

News 12 Staff

Jul 6, 2021, 10:13 AM

Updated 1,018 days ago

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The Farmingdale man who allegedly drove a boat drunk that resulted in a crash that left his childhood friend missing pleaded not guilty and will be released on bail, while the search for his friend continues.
He allegedly admitted to police that he had a few drinks before crashing the boat.
He also failed several field sobriety tests, such as standing on one leg. He refused a chemical test and a warrant was issued. The results of the test are pending.
The 25-year-old is expected to appear back in court on Thursday.
Police say Jack Benjamin was operating a boat in the Great South Bay when it hit a jetty at the end of Browns River Road in Sayville on Monday.
One passenger was tossed from the boat and never resurfaced. Rescue crews spent Monday searching for the missing person and say that person was not wearing a lifejacket.
Benjamin and another passenger were treated for injuries and released. Three other people were not hurt.
This was the second boater to go missing over the weekend.
Police say Christopher Calma went overboard in Northport Harbor on Saturday and never resurfaced.
A search continues for both.


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