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Lehigh man gets jail time for operating boat while drunk

Published April 20. 2011 05:00PM

A Lehigh County man was sentenced to a Carbon County prison term on Monday for operating a boat while under the influence of alcohol and with a young child in it at the time.

Carlos Morales, 48, of Allentown, was sentenced by Senior Judge Richard W. Webb to serve three to 23 months in prison on a charge of endangering the welfare of a child and 72 hours to six months in prison on a charge of operating a watercraft while under the influence. The jail terms run concurrently.

Morales was arrested by state fish and game officers for an incident on May 31, 2010, at Beltzville State Park in Franklin Township.

Morales was operating a boat without lights and at a high rate of speed when stopped. He was found to be under the influence.

At the time of the stop officers found a seven-year-old female in the boat with Morales, who was later identified as one of his children.

Morales told Webb he was sorry for what happened. He said, "I have no one to blame but myself. I should have known better."

The arresting officers noted in their report that they had cited Morales earlier in the day for other infractions at the lake.

Webb noted that a jail term was warranted not only for his actions in the case but for a prior criminal record. Webb said, however, the prior record was "very dated".

Morales was also ordered to pay a fine of $1,000, attend a boating safety course, his boating license suspended for a year, get a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment, zero tolerance on D&A use, pay court costs and a $50 per month supervsion fee while on parole.

He will begin the jail term at 9 a.m. on Friday, April 22.

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