York County Supervisor Chad Green was arrested Saturday night on the Poquoson River.
Ellen Bolen, a spokeswoman for Virginia Marine Resources Commission, said Green was charged with not having a stern light on his boat, boating under the influence, and refusal and failing to stop.
Marine Police stopped him sometime between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. Saturday, she said. She did not know whether the boat he was driving was his.
Green was taken into custody at the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail, where he was later released.
The investigation is ongoing, Bolen said.
In a statement, Green said he was on his way home from dinner at a local waterfront restaurant with his wife and her friend when he noticed a VMRC boat with its lights on. He said he didn’t realize they were approaching his boat.
“Once I realized they were approaching us, I signaled VMRC that I was going to my lighted dock (approximately 500 feet away) for their stop for both our safety,” he said, adding it was “never my intent” to give the impression he was evading the police and that he had “great respect” for law enforcement.
“Alcohol was involved and I did make errors in judgement and want to acknowledge that I will accept any and all responsibility for my actions and will work every day to do better to serve the people of York County,” he wrote in the release.
Shelley Ward, a spokeswoman for the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office, said VMRC called YPSO for assistance, and a deputy was on scene to assist if needed.
“I’m not sure the extent of our deputy’s involvement,” she said, adding the sheriff’s office doesn’t comment on other entities’ investigations.