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Aug 27, 2017 12:42 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

UPDATE: Suffolk County Police Detective Charged With Boating While Intoxicated

Sep 1, 2017 11:58 AM

UPDATE: Friday, 11:45 a.m.

The investigation into the boat crash is not being conducted by the State Department of Environmental Conservation, according to DEC officials.

UPDATE: Monday, 9:53 p.m.

Mr. Koltzan, who was charged with boating while intoxicated, was identified by Suffolk County Police as a member of their police force on Monday night.

“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 on Monday. “[Mr.] Koltzan has been suspended from the department without pay, and an SCPD internal affairs investigation has been opened and is underway.”

According to Chief Skrynecki, Mr. Koltzan was released in the field with a ticket to appear in Southampton Town Justice Court in Hampton Bays before being taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center where he was treated for minor injuries.

UPDATE: Monday, 6:23 p.m.

An East Quogue resident was charged with boating while intoxicated after colliding with another boat in Tiana Bay.

Christopher Koltzan, 46, of East Quogue was arrested and charged with boating while intoxicated after he was involved in the accident, which occurred near buoy 12.

Police said Mr. Koltzan was alone in his 26-foot Boston Whaler when he collided with a 27-foot Albemarle boat being driven by Leonard Jackson, 78, of Pomona, who had 10 other occupants on the boat with him.

When the two boats collided, police said, three people were thrown from Mr. Jackson’s boat. The three passengers were retrieved from the water by Mr. Jackson and others on the his boat shortly after the accident, and both boaters went on their way, according to Southampton Town Police Chief Steven Skrynecki.

A short time later, both boats were located, Chief Skrynecki said, and when they found Mr. Koltzan, an investigation revealed that he was intoxicated and had suffered minor injuries in the accident.

The three individuals who were thrown from Mr. Jackson’s boat also suffered minor injuries, Chief Skrynecki said. All four people who suffered injuries in the collision were taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead.


Three people were treated for minor injuries after two boats collided Saturday afternoon in Shinnecock Bay.

According to Coast Guard officials, a 25-foot center console boat collided with a 25-foot cuddy cabin recreation boat at approximately 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 26. Both vessels suffered damage, with the center console having its bow damaged and the cuddy cabin having its port-side damaged. Coast Guard officials added that in the collision, two adults and one child were ejected from the recreation boat into the water. The Shinnecock Coast Guard Station sent out its 29-foot Response Boat-Small to assist those injured in the collision. Both damaged boats were able to be brought to shore and the three injured people were taken by ambulance to Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead for treatment.

Coast Guard officials added that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation will be leading the investigation as to what caused the collision.

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calm conditions, clear weather, whiskey tango foxtrot?
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