Hamburg man charged with boating while intoxicated

STURGEON POINT, N.Y. (WIVB) – A Hamburg man is accused of operating a boat on Lake Erie while under the influence of alcohol.

Deputies with the Erie County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit answered a call about a boater driving recklessly near the shore, who may have been intoxicated.

Deputies say they found a boat two miles off shore, with a man sleeping in it.

They woke the man in the boat, and determined he was intoxicated. The deputies arrested Shawn Hilliker, 24, on violations including Boating While Intoxicated, and reckless operation of a vessel.

Hilliker was released to the custody of another person. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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