Marshfield: Bristol County DA takes over case of missing boater

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The Bristol County DA’s office is taking over the prosecution of a man accused of driving a boat while drunk, leading to a crash and the presumed death of a Marshfield man.
23-year-old Steven “Zac” Woods of Marshfield, vanished in the water around 8:30 p.m. July 16th, after he was thrown overboard in the area of Brant Rock. Woods’ friend, 22-year-old Justin McDonald of Marshfield, was freed on $10,000 bail after he pleaded not guilty to charges he was drunk while operating the boat.

Zac Woods in this photo with his younger sister posted on the missing boater's Facebook page.

McDonald was rescued by a kayaker, but there has been no sign of Woods.

In Plymouth District Court last Monday, a prosecutor said McDonald told police he had 10 beers in the hours preceding the accident and was “a little buzzed”, but not drunk, at the time it occurred.

Gregg Miliote, from the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office said he was informed Tuesday that they were taking the case over from Plymouth County.

So could there be more charges if Woods is found?
“That’s possible. Obviously, Mr. McDonald has been charged with OUI at this point. But as we progress with our investigation and our search, anything is possible,” said Miliote.

Miliote said it is common for District Attorney Offices to hand off cases to one another.

The search for Woods is expected to continue on Wednesday.

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