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Boater who ran boat aground arrested

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A man who ran a shrimp boat aground on Atlantic Beach on August 21 has been arrested.

Kenneth Thomas, 27, was arrested on Thursday evening, according to a Jacksonville Sheriff's Office police report. Thomas was found by police hiding in a closet of his home in the 700 block of Assisi Lane in Atlantic Beach.

SLIDESHOW: Shrimp boat runs ground, boater jumps off boat, found safe

Thomas faces the following charges:

  • Disorderly intoxication - public disturbance
  • Boating under the influence
  • Breach of the peace; disorderly conduct
  • Resisting an officer without violence to his or her person
  • Leaving the scene of a boating accident

He is being held on a total bond of $650,012.

After the boat ran aground, the U.S. Coast Guard initially searched for Thomas for 12 hours and could not find him. The next day, his mother confirmed he was on land and safe.

Thomas told First Coast News on August 22 that if necessary, he would turn himself in if any charges were filed against him. On August 23, the Atlantic Beach Police Department issued a warrant for Thomas.

Thomas is scheduled to appear in court on September 16 at 9 a.m.


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