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Aug 29, 2017 2:36 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Suffolk County Police Detective Charged With Boating While Intoxicated After Weekend Accident

Aug 30, 2017 9:48 AM

A Suffolk County Police detective was suspended this week after he was arrested on Saturday and charged with boating while intoxicated after his boat crashed into another vessel on Tiana Bay in Hampton Bays, injuring three people, including a child.

Police said Christopher Koltzan, 46, of East Quogue, a detective in the County Police 7th Precinct, was alone in his 26-foot Boston Whaler when he collided with a 27-foot Albemarle piloted by Leonard Jackson, 78, of Pomona. Mr. Jackson, police said, had 10 passengers on his boat at the time of the collision.

According to Coast Guard officials, who responded to the crash, one child and two adults were thrown into the water when the boats collided.

Southampton Town Police Chief Steven Skrynecki said the three passengers were retrieved from the water by Mr. Jackson and others on his boat shortly after the accident, and were ultimately taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead, where they were treated for minor injuries.

Both vessels suffered damage in the collision, Coast Guard officials said, with the Boston Whaler’s bow sustaining damage and the Albemarle sustaining port-side damage. Despite the damage, Chief Skrynecki said, both were operable and left the scene after the accident.

But shortly after the accident, the Southampton Town bay constables caught up with Mr. Koltzan, and an investigation revealed that he was intoxicated, according to Chief Skrynecki. He was arrested by Town Police and charged with misdemeanor boating while intoxicated.

Mr. Koltzan, who suffered minor injuries in the accident, was issued a ticket to appear in Southampton Town Justice Court in Hampton Bays at a later date. He was then transported to Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead, where he was treated for his injuries, Chief Skrynecki said.

On Monday, a spokesman for the Suffolk County Police Department confirmed that Mr. Koltzan was suspended because of the charges.

“The Suffolk County Police Department is aware of the charge against Christopher Koltzan and we are taking all appropriate actions,” Assistant Police Commissioner Justin Meyers said in a prepared statement. “[Mr.] Koltzan has been suspended from the department without pay, and an SCPD internal affairs investigation has been opened and is under way.”

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By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Aug 27, 17 1:41 PM
I want to know what was the black helicopter doing chasing the go fast in Shinnecock bay in front of edgewater....
By Rayman (64), southampton on Aug 27, 17 4:43 PM
Probably filming
By Nature (2966), Southampton on Aug 28, 17 9:04 AM
Once again no info on this accident. Nothing about boat leaving the scene and being chased by Bay Constables. SHTPD should be ashamed of themselves for playing down this situation, especially the Constables,
all of them that responded. Heads should roll for trying to cover-up/play down the facts, the driver was (as alleged), a Suffolk County Detective. If it wasn't for the fact that he got hung up on a buoy they wouldn't have got him. This would have been swept under the table, but a different ...more
By The Crow's Nest (65), Red Creek on Aug 28, 17 2:48 PM
Wrong.......They didn't go their separate ways. All went to PBMC, where the DWI driver bolted from the ER and was found at near by 7-11. Yeah great work, but have no fear SCIA will be reviewing details and somebody is in deep do.
By The Crow's Nest (65), Red Creek on Aug 28, 17 7:04 PM
It was a cop so now you know why it was down played
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Aug 28, 17 10:44 PM
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Lololol not a couple of months in and up island robocop has brought machine guns to a quaint resort town, cries wolf about a gang infestation and has tried to sweep a scandal under the rug to protect a cop. Killin it, Cheif.
By Brandon Quinn (191), Hampton Bays on Aug 29, 17 2:57 AM
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It's "chief". Anger precludes thinking. Remember that young man.
By SlimeAlive (1181), Southampton on Aug 29, 17 5:33 AM
Is there anything worse than a comment section grammar Nazi? Oh wait, yes, yes there is. A comment section grammar Nazi too chicken to use a real name who legitimately stalks every comment I make and throws out personal asides as if they know me because they figured out how to use Facebook one day. Get a life.
By Brandon Quinn (191), Hampton Bays on Aug 29, 17 3:44 PM
Or the person who over and over and over says the same thing. No one cares what name you use. Seriously. It isn't a thing except to you.
By bb (922), Hampton Bays on Aug 30, 17 3:14 PM
OK Southampton Press, any UPDATE??!!
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Aug 29, 17 6:20 AM
my mistake
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Aug 29, 17 6:20 AM
First time in the history of Southampton Town someone is charged with a DUI and they leave with a ticket and no arrest.
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Aug 30, 17 12:00 AM
The chief had nothing to do with this -you need to look two rungs down the line
By CaptainSig (716), Dutch Harbor on Sep 29, 17 7:19 AM
Spot on Chief 1.....& nearly killed a few people in the wake of it ( no pun).
By The Crow's Nest (65), Red Creek on Aug 30, 17 9:07 AM
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10 passengers, life preservers? BWI and released? Chased till run aground?
what would happen to you???
By knitter (1941), Southampton on Aug 30, 17 12:05 PM
I was wondering about the number of passengers, seemed high.
By bb (922), Hampton Bays on Aug 30, 17 3:15 PM
11 people is not an unusual USCG capacity for a 25' boat. There is also a rating for the total weight of passengers and all other gear.
By Arnold Timer (327), Sag Harbor on Aug 30, 17 10:49 PM