Woman crashes jet ski into channel marker

VERO BEACH — A 31-year-old “extremely intoxicated” woman suspected of crashing a jet-ski into a channel marker yelled profanities at police and told them she was “going to jump off the jet ski into the water,” authorities said.

Emily Barbara Constantine, of the 800 block of Azalea Lane, was charged with boating under the influence and resisting arrest without violence. She was released Tuesday from the Indian River County Jail on $1,500 bond.

Constantine is described by police as an employee at the Vero Beach Museum of Art, an arrest report shows.

Police responded to reports of a suspicious person about 10:20 p.m. Monday at the Vero Beach Marina, 3611 Rio Vista Boulevard. Officers went to the east docks and saw a man and woman pull up to the bay on a jet ski. Neither person was wearing a life jacket and there were no lights on the vessel.

The man, who was driving the jet ski, refused to park the vessel after being ordered to do so by police. He turned around on the jet ski, accelerated and fled south down the Indian River, officers said.

A sheriff’s deputy assisted officers in the search and used his boat to locate the jet ski near the McWilliams Park Boat ramp, just north of the Merrill P Barber Bridge. But, only the woman, later identified as Constantine, was on the vessel in the driver’s seat.

Officers ordered the woman, who was not wearing a life jacket, to pull alongside the deputy’s boat. Constantine turned left and crashed the vessel into a channel marker, police said. Details on if she had injuries were not available.

Constantine, who had a glazed stare, bloodshot eyes and a strong alcoholic odor, refused to get off the jet ski, police said. She immediately became combative, refused to give her name or say where the other person went.

Police were able to talk the woman in to getting into the deputy’s boat, police said. Constantine told officers the other person was her boyfriend and that he went back to his boat.

She told officers she had several glasses of wine and beer before being stopped. Officers did not find the boyfriend.

Constantine was arrested and taken to the county jail. She has an arraignment at 8:30 a.m. April 3 in court, court records show.


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