Beaver Dam Man Charged In Drunken Boat Crash

1/10/12 – A Beaver Dam man is accused of injuring himself and a passenger in a drunken boating accident. 47-year-old James Windorff is charged with two misdemeanor counts of Operating While Intoxicated, which carry a maximum of two years in the county jail if he is convicted. Authorities responded to an area north of McKinley Beach Road in the Town of Beaver Dam last September. According to the criminal complaint, a boat with four passengers was operating at a high rate of speed in the dense fog when it crashed into the shoreline near the Wisconsin & Southern railroad trestle. Windorff and a 38-year-old Beaver Dam woman were ejected and sustained severe but non-life-threatening injuries. An open bottle of beer was allegedly found near the driver seat. Windorff had a reported blood alcohol level nearly twice the legal limit for driving at point-one-five-four (0.154). A signature bond was set at $500 yesterday and a return date in the on the calendar next month.