Copperopolis, CA — A man on a jet ski caught the attention of the boat patrol on Lake Tulloch in Copperopolis due to what he was not wearing and wound up behind bars.
Yesterday afternoon, while patrolling for the Independence Day holiday, the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office Boating Enforcement Unit spotted 32-year-old Mathew Werner of San Leandro riding a Yamaha WaveRunner without a life vest, which is required by state law.
The boat patrol stopped Werner to inform him of the law, while also checking on the watercraft’s registration. It revealed that the WaveRunner and its trailer had been reported stolen to the Fremont Police Department. Warner was taken into custody. After a quick patrol of the South Shore Marina parking lot, the trailer was discovered in one of the stalls.
Werner faces possession of stolen property charges. The sheriff’s office is working with Fremont police to return the recovered property to the rightful owner.