William Modene Charged with DUI for Drinking While Floating on Raft

| by Michael Allen

In Fairbanks, Alaska, William Modene was charged with a DUI because he allegedly had 0.313 blood-alcohol level, while floating on an inflatable raft, according to the Daily News-Miner.

In Alaska, the DUI laws cover people operating motor vehicles, airplanes and water craft, which is what a raft is considered to be.

According to the law, "operating" means to “navigate a vessel used or capable of being used as a means of transportation on water for recreational or commercial purposes on all waters, fresh or salt, inland or coastal, inside the territorial limits or under the jurisdiction of the state.”

After authorities got calls of a “heavily intoxicated” man floating down the Chena River, a wildlife trooper boat found and arrested Modene, whose blood-alcohol level was almost four times the legal limit.

Law enforcement authorites said that “Modene had been floating on the river for the day and consuming alcoholic beverages the entire time."