Police: Lake Wawasee boater flees, arrested for OWI


The above video was posted on Facebook by Steve Wygant. Patrick Thomas Cochran has not been charged with any offenses related to this incident, however the investigation is ongoing.

LAKE WAWASEE, Ind. (WANE) A 20-year-old Ohio man is facing multiple charges following an investigation on Lake Wawasee Saturday evening that was initiated when a boat was seen running over a swim raft earlier in the day.

According to an incident report from the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department, Sgt. Jon Tyler was notified at 8:46 p.m. that a boat was fleeing officers on Lake Wawasee after it had been stopped because it was similar to a Super Nautique wakeboard boat that had hit the swim raft while speeding near shore.

Sgt. Tyler went to the Waco Drive area where the boat was seen heading and arrived in time to see the driver of the boat tying up to the pier as the lake patrol boat arrived nearby.

Patrick Thomas Cochran
Photo of Patrick Thomas Cochran provided by the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Dept.

In his report, Sgt. Tyler noted that the driver refused his order to stop as he tried to walk past on the pier saying he had to speak to his dad. The driver, identified as Patrick D. Cochran, 20, of Springfield, Ohio became belligerent according to Tyler, and he was placed in handcuffs. A female passenger, also from Ohio was also in the boat with Cochran. Tyler noted that Cochran smelled of alcohol, had red, watery eyes and had a hard time keeping his balance. Cochran failed field sobriety tests and was taken to a nearby hospital to be evaluated after he was able to move his handcuffs from behind him to in front of him several times.

After being read the Miranda warning, Cochran said he drove away from the patrol boat because he didn’t think the two men on board were police officers.

He faces charges of fleeing law enforcement with a vehicle, minor consumption/possession of alcohol and operating a boat while intoxicated.

The Conservation Officers with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources are leading the investigation into the incident where the swim raft was hit.

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