A Coralville man has been accused of kidnapping after a drunken boating incident Saturday that caused his passenger to be “scared for her life.”
Mark W. Hoffman, 52, was intoxicated while operating a white Mastercraft boat in the no wake zone of the Iowa River near the Mehaffey Bridge Boat Ramp, according to Iowa Department of Natural Resources water patrol criminal complaints.
Water patrol officers received two calls about Hoffman’s boat and stopped him in the no wake zone at about 3:40 p.m., the complaints state. Hoffman did not have all the required safety equipment and was going too quickly, according to the complaints, which described his speech as slurred while speaking with officers.
A woman on the boat told officers she wanted to get off and go home. She told officers she had made several gin and tonics for Hoffman, but he kept spilling them.
The woman told officers Hoffman was operating the boat erratically and almost hit a couple other boats. After nearly missing the other boats, the woman said Hoffman gave them the finger. Hoffman also fell down a couple times, the woman said.
The woman was scared for her life and afraid they would hit another boat, according to the complaints.
Hoffman told officers he hadn’t been drinking, and that he was diabetic, the complaints state.
Hoffman has been charged with third-degree kidnapping, a class C felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison, and operating a motorboat while intoxicated, a serious misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail.
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