Obviously an example of dumb cops throwing their weight around.
Good story, only related via the cop issue. I was hanging out with some friends in college in an apartment, and next door was the apartment of a cop. Walls were thin, we could pretty much hear everything they said, and they were throwing some kind of Cop Keg Party in the apartment - all very loud and very drunk. So the beer runs out, and they get into this big moral quandary, not about whether or not to drive drink to get more beer (that was a given) but about whether to take a patrol car while driving to get more beer, so they don't get pulled over.
I went and read the link, and if the sailor didn't have his running lights on while he was running at night, that's a big problem for him. I think the way the law is written, that's his big hangup. Can't sail at night without running lights, or you'll assume lots/all of liability for boating accidents, as best as I understand it.
beej67, Checkered Past, 1980 32' Pearson 323, Panama City FL