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Hamburg man charged with boating while intoxicated

A report of reckless boating in Lake Erie late Saturday led to a Hamburg man’s arrest on a charge of boating while intoxicated, Erie County sheriff’s deputies reported.

Deputies from the Marine Unit were given a description of a boat that was being operated recklessly off Sturgeon Point about 10:30 p.m. and, as they approached it, found its occupant sleeping inside.

Shawn W. Hilliker, 24, of Manor Lane, was intoxicated, authorities said. Hilliker submitted to a breath test, which indicated a blood-alcohol content of .11, deputies said.

Hilliker also was charged with reckless operation of a vehicle and unspecified equipment violations.

The boat was towed to shore, and Hilliker was released to a third party, pending an appearance in Evans Town Court.