Authorities say that state Sen. Greg Barkus was driving his boat at 40 miles per hour when it crashed into a rocky cliff on Flathead Lake last week, injuring U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg and three other passengers.
Flathead County Attorney Ed Corrigan also says he is awaiting results of a test for Barkus’s blood-alcohol level from the state crime lab in Missoula. Corrigan has said that he is weighing felony charges in the case.
I don’t know how many of you have ever been in a open-bow motorboat, but I grew up driving a boat very similar to the one that crashed last week. Driving 40 mph feels like you’re flying on open water. That’s quite a bit faster than you would typically pull a water skier. This incident is mind blowing. I can’t believe nobody was killed.