December 12, 2019
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State, federal charges filed after boat incident

SOUTHWEST HARBOR – A Mount Desert man was charged during the weekend with boating while intoxicated and assault on a federal officer after a Coast Guard vessel stopped him.

At about 4 p.m. Sunday, a Coast Guard crew from the Southwest Harbor station set out to investigate a report of an oil slick near Southwest Harbor. En route, the crew stopped a 13-foot skiff and asked its captain, Paul Knickle, whether he had seen any oil in the water.

Knickle appeared intoxicated, the Coast Guard reported, so a crew towed his boat to shore.

While his boat was being secured to the dock, Knickle allegedly attacked a crew member, according to Coast Guard reports. Officers from the Mount Desert Police Department assisted Coast Guard crew in subduing Knickle.

Knickle was arrested and faces Maine charges including boating while intoxicated, possession of lobsters without a state license, and possession of undersize lobster. He also faces federal charges of boating while intoxicated and assaulting a federal law enforcement officer.


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