Good samaritan takes ‘leap of faith’ to stop out-of-control boat

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EDMOND, Okla — It was around 8:30 pm, Friday when Edmond Lake Patrol received the call. There was a blacked out boater in an out of control boat at Arcadia Lake.

Officer Bervis Littles said, “In the air, like this. Just doing donuts around the lake.”

There were several other boaters circling, trying desperately to communicate with the man.

Witness, Paige Jenkins, said, “A lot of people were screaming, wake up. He’s knocked out. Get out of the way.”

Ernie and Paige Jenkins positioned their new pontoon boat beside the smaller vessel for a closer look.

Ernie Paige said, “I see him heading toward the beach with kids. I said, Paige, you need to drive. I’m jumping in this boat. We are stopping this boat.”

Paige had never driven before. Ernie was nursing a sore back. But they recognized there was no other option.

Ernie Paige said, “I jumped from right here. The leap of faith spot we call it.”

Ernie shut down the boat, just as it was heading toward this swim area full of families.

He told NewsChannel 4, “I woke him up and said you’re going to kill somebody. He was out of it.”

Authorities say the boater was clearly intoxicated and apparently unappreciative of the hero who saved him.

Officer Littles said, “I obviously see there was alcohol on the boat and I asked the driver, how much have you had to drink today? His reply was ‘I’ve had quite a bit but i wasn’t driving.’ And he pointed to the guy who jumped on the boat and shut it down.”

Matthew Phillips was arrested for boating under the influence. His buddy, Johnnie Hoskins was busted at the boat dock for public intoxication.

Paige Jenkins said, “Fortunately for us, God was with us that day and we made it.”

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