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Police make arrest in overnight boating accident

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One man is in jail following a boating accident near Rayland late last night.

The accident happened just before 11 p.m. Saturday night near the Short Creek area. West Virginia Natural Resources officers are investigating the crash. They say a man was traveling at high speeds when he hit empty parked coal barges.

"We just see the fire department out here and wanted to assist to see what was going on and a boat hit a parked barge," said Rick Dement, owner of Rayland Marina.

The destruction happened all in the dark of night, and information surfaced in the daylight.


"A male party was driving a high performance speed boat at approximately 45 miles per hour and struck some barges set up to be loaded there at Route 2," said Steve Haines, natural resources officer.

Justin Andrew Hull was arrested following the accident. He faces multiple charges including operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, resisting arrest, obstruction, reckless driving of a motor vehicle, and failure to report a boating accident.

He was taken to OVMC, where he refused treatment, then to the Northern Regional jail. Marina owner Rick Dement says his boat is not usually docked here.

As more boats hit the water this summer, the marina's main concern in any incident is safety.

"All we try to do is just react to whatever the situation is, just to keep everyone safe," Dement said.

On Saturday night, multiple agencies were on scene. Natural Resources officer Haines says he's thankful for their assistance and the team effort.

"Outstanding showing from Ohio County Sheriff's Office and Brooke County Sheriff's Office and Yorkville fire and Rayland and all the EMS was great," Haines said.

Hull's bond is set at $10,000.Hull was not injured in the accident.

Crews from multiple departments including Brilliant Volunteer Fire Department and Brooke and Ohio County Sheriff's departments were on scene.

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