Oklahoma Principal Surrenders on DUI Manslaughter Charge

A middle school principal in Jay, Oklahoma, has surrendered to police after learning that he was criminally charged following an investigation into a summer boating accident. Shane Carroll, 39, of Eucha, turned himself in to authorities after being charged with first degree manslaughter, a felony, and reckless operation of a vessel, a misdemeanor.  According to police, Carroll was intoxicated (DUI) while operating a boat that crashed on July 29, throwing three of its four occupants overboard and resulting in the drowning death of one of the men. Grand River Dam Authority reports show that shortly before 2:00 a.m., a nearly 22-f00t boat struck a breakwater structure, injuring Shane Carroll, who was found inside the boat, and ejecting Brooks Carroll, 17; Brian Smith, 39, of Tahlequah; and Monte Price, 39, of Jay.  Price's body was recovered the following day.  An autopsy report shows that Price was intoxicated at the time of his death, and lists the cause of death as accidental drowning.  None of the men were wearing life vests. Responding authorities said that they detected the odor of alcohol on both the elder Carroll and Brian Smith.  Carroll and his son say that Price was driving the boat at the time of the accident, but witnesses and Smith say that Shane Carroll was operating the vehicle. Police also indicate that "excessive speed" was a factor in the crash, but the GRDA reports that it was unable to determine the boat's speed.   They say only that the boat was operating above idle speed, which is a violation of the rules for the area in which the crash occurred.  The GRDA reports that the boat had been stopped two hours prior to the accident for operating above idle. Though a blood alcohol analysis test was performed on Carroll following the accident, the results of that test have not been made public. Carroll's defense attorney says that he is disappointed that charges have been filed in light of the evidence in the case.  He told local media, “I can hardly imagine this (criminal case) will be more than an unnecessary expenditure of funds that puts the Price and Carroll families through heartache." Upon his surrender, Shane Carroll was booked into the Delaware County jail and released on $11,000 bond. Whether driving a motor vehicle on Oklahoma roadways or operating a boat or watercraft on local lakes, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 or greater.  Being convicted of DUI or DUI manslaughter can have a profound negative impact on your life.  Hiring an attorney is your best option to fight the charges against you.  Find a DUI defense lawyer in Oklahoma by visiting http://www.oklahoma-criminal-defense.com.

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