Boat collision leads to arrest of FL man

Clint Riese
News Editor

A Forest Lake man arrested early Saturday morning is suspected to have been drunk when he allegedly crashed his boat into a docked boat on Forest Lake and drove away.

Scott R. Oknick, 34, was taken into custody by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office just before 2 a.m. on May 11 at his house in the 8000 block of North Shore Trail North. The arrest came after Forest Lake police searched along Forest Lake for a damaged boat that may have caused the collision.

Police were called by a neighbor of the struck boat’s owner. The neighbor woke up to the noise of the collision. It occurred around 11:45 p.m. Friday off the 7400 block of North Shore Circle, said FLPD Capt. Greg Weiss. Oknick is alleged to have been navigating with a GPS device when he struck the other boat, which was unoccupied and on its lift.

Oknick was booked on charges of third-degree driving while intoxicated, damage to property, and failure to stop after an accident.

The sheriff’s office is investigating the incident and awaiting toxicology reports.

Jogger dies

A 58-year-old Forest Lake man passed away on a city road, apparently while exercising, last Thursday.

He is identified as Roger A. Rudolph of Harrow Avenue.

Police responded to the scene, near 200th Street North and Imperial Avenue North, after receiving calls of a body on the road around 11 a.m. Officers found Rudolph deceased upon their arrival.