A Vernal man was arrested for homicide following a fatal boating accident on Flaming Gorge over the weekend. 25-year-old Corey Dale Eggleston was arrested on May 11th for DUI and Automobile Homicide – Causing Death With Alcohol Content Greater than .05. According to the Affidavit of Probable Cause filed in 8th District Court, a Daggett County Sheriff’s deputy responded to a possible drowning on Flaming Gorge Reservoir at approximately
. “When I arrived on scene, a boat was pulling into the boat ramp with one deceased male that had drowned from falling from a boat that was making a turn,” shares the officer’s statement. “Eggleston had already been dropped off at Cedar Springs Marina and was inside awaiting medical treatment…I could smell alcohol coming from Corey’s person. [He] admitted to drinking on the boat and stated he was driving the boat and making a left turn when the boat took on water and all three occupants fell into the water.” The officer explained that soon after his exchange with Eggleston, another boat entered the marina with another male aboard who, when interviewed, stated that Eggleston was driving the boat and making a left turn when the boat took on water and all three fell into the water with no life vests on. Eggleston was booked into Uintah County Jail with bail set at $26,460 dollars. The name of the deceased third party was not released.
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