HASTINGS, Minn. (WCCO) – A 48-year-old Inver Grove Heights man is accused of dumping his boat illegally off the side of a road because he didn’t know what else to do with it, according to charges filed Wednesday in Dakota County Court.

Timothy John Arsenal was charged with one misdemeanor count of littering in connection with the incident.

According to a complaint, Dakota County deputies were called to a report of an illegal dumping on Aug. 25 in the area of 180th Street East and Highway 52 in Vermillion Township. When authorities arrived, they saw a boat in poor condition with no motor and the registration number scraped off. The boat was blocking the roadway.

Authorities were able to determine the boat’s owner despite attempts to remove the registration number. An investigation revealed that even though the title never being transferred, the boat had several owners over the last six years. Arsenal was the most recent owner.

He told authorities he had been in possession of the boat but was having trouble storing it. He said he scrapped anything of value from the boat, including the motor, but didn’t know what else to do with it so he dumped it on the side of the road on 180th Street near Highway 52.

Arsenal faces up to 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine if convicted.

Comments (11)
  1. just sayin says:

    must be a republican, he didn’t know what to do.

    1. Joe Hanson says:

      No, a republican would would have towed it to the middle of a deep lake and removed the drain plug.

  2. ses says:

    Sureeee dump it wherever you like!

    Should be a bigger penalty for not properly dumping it or taking care of it. I hate people who litter!

  3. PB says:

    Are the authorities going to give the boat back and tell the guy to dispose of it properly?

  4. markH says:

    Give him the 90 days. For every one of these derelicts caught, many more get away-make an example of him.

    1. No doubt says:

      Roger that! As well as PB’s suggestion of giving it back and forcing him to dispose of it properly.

  5. TL the alligator says:

    should have just dumped it in someones driveway…..That way if caught he could just say he thought those people wanted it and if not he’d be happy to go back and pick it up and remove it, no charges unless the homeowner insists which would be unlikely as long as he removes it right away…….the way he did it he will have a hard time beating a littering charge and will likely pay a hefty fine……

    1. The way it is says:

      Tell ya what, if I found that on my property tomorrow morning, I guarantee it would be protruding through this guys picture window before the weekend was over…


  6. Phil Usher says:

    Haven’t these idiots ever heard of Craigslist? Put an ad in the free section, w/address, push the junk to the end of the driveway, and watch it disappear within an hour or two. There’s always some ragpicker who will pick that stuff up.

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