2 men charged in Lake Alan Henry boating incident

Lubbock district game wardens have filed two charges of making a false statement to a peace officer regarding a boating accident that occurred on Lake Alan Henry on June 16th, 2018. During the course of the accident investigation, game wardens determined that both Randi Martin 32 and Timothy Martin 33, out of Lubbock TX, knowingly made false statements that were material to a criminal investigation.

On the day of accident, game wardens and other first responders arrived on scene and immediately began first aid treatment on the two males that had serious lower leg injuries, which were caused by a motorboat prop. After the two victims had been treated and transported to a hospital, the wardens then began gathering witness statements.

As they questioned individuals on scene, Mr. and Mrs. Martin both stated that Mr. Martin was the person who operated the boat engine throttle, which engaged the prop causing the injury to the victims’ legs. As part of normal operating procedures, the wardens then checked if Mr. Martin was intoxicated, and it was determined he was not. However, investigators did suspect Mrs. Martin had been drinking at the time of the incident.

In the following days, other eye witnesses came forward both through social media as well as directly to the wardens painting a different picture of what happened at the time of the accident. Eye witnesses stated that they observed Mrs. Martin behind the wheel engaging the throttle in effort to dislodge an anchor attached to that particular boat. When the prop was engaged, the two victims were in the water next to the back of the boat, causing the men’s legs to be sucked into the moving propeller. The victims suffered serious bodily injury to their lower extremities.

With the accident investigation complete, the criminal case report has been turned in to the Garza County District Attorney’s office. Making a false statement to a peace officer is a Class B Misdemeanor in Texas, which carries a punishment of up to 180 days in jail and a fine up to $2,000.

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