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Boating Accident UI/Drugs with Injury


April 22, 2020

NEEDLES, Calif – On Sunday, April 19 at approximately 2:25 p.m., deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff - Colorado River Station's Marine Enforcement Unit were dispatched to an injury accident just south of Echo Lodge Resort on the Parker Strip.

During the course of the investigation, it was discovered that John Deuth (35 of Menifee) was operating a 24' Tracker pontoon boat traveling southbound at approximately 20 miles per hour and collided with the rear of the Omega boat.

The victim, Hannah Scott (21 of Huntington Beach) was a passenger in a 19' Omega boat that was floating on the water approaching a popular beach spot. Scott was transported to the Havasu Regional Medical Center with head injuries and later released.

Continuing investigation also revealed that Deuth was operating his vessel while under the influence of alcohol/drugs. Deuth was subsequently placed under arrest and taken to the Needles Jail for booking.

This investigation is ongoing and anyone with additional information is urged to contact the Colorado River Station.

After the collision, both vessels were brought to the California shoreline.

The Colorado River Station Marine Enforcement Unit urges all California residents to go online to californiaboatercard.com and take the online test to obtain their boater card which is now required by law. The Colorado River Station Marine Enforcement Unit is, as always, dedicated to providing a safe boating atmosphere for the public and reminds everyone to wear their life vests and to boat sober.

Persons charged with a crime are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at www.wetip.com.

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