Lexington Park, MD – A Virginia man is facing several charges after a 22-foot boat he was operating crashed into a rock jetty in the Chesapeake Bay near Patuxent Naval Air Station, state authorities reported.

Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) spokeswoman Candy Thomson told The BayNet the incident occurred near Hog Point shortly after 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12.

The vessel operator—identified as Jose Antonio Sanchez, 55 of Sterling, VA—and a passenger—identified as Toni W. Castellon, 41—were injured in the collision. Both were flown by Maryland State Police (MSP) Trooper 7 to Prince George’s Hospital. The injuries sustained by Sanchez and Castellon were described as nonlife-threatening.

The NRP were assisted by Department of Defense personnel and the Second District Volunteer Rescue Squad, along with the MSP.

Thomson reported that NRP investigators went to the hospital to formally charge Sanchez. He has been charged with operating a vessel while under the influence of alcohol, operating a vessel while impaired, operating a vessel while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs and operating a vessel in a negligent manner. He faces a maximum of 13 months in jail and $2,200 in fines. A court date has not been set at this time.

Photo provided by Maryland Natural Resources Police.

Contact Marty Madden at marty.madden@thebaynet.com