OSHKOSH, Wis. (WFRV) – The operator of the powerboat that crashed into a paddlewheel cruise boat on the Fox River has officially been charged.

According to the Wisconsin Department of Justice, charges have been filed against 52-year-old Jason Lindemann for allegedly driving the powerboat that hit a paddlewheel cruise boat back in July. Lindemann is facing 21 charges in total.

The criminal complaint alleges that Lindemann was driving his powerboat on the Fox River when it collided with a paddlewheel cruise boat. The incident happened just before 10 p.m.

The ‘On the Loos’ cruise boat was reportedly carrying 44 people. Lindemann is accused of not stopping to render aid, despite pleas from passengers on the paddleboat and other witnesses.

Lindemann reportedly dropped injured passengers from his boat, and then drove onto Lake Winnebago. He and the boat stayed there until the next morning.

Law enforcement reportedly found Lindemann’s boat abandoned at a nearby marina the day after. Multiple witnesses told authorities they saw Lindemann drinking alcohol in the hours before the crash.

GPS data from his boat shows that after leaving Dockside Tavern, the boat went under the Oregon Street Bridge and then accelerated ‘rapidly’. The boat reached a top speed of 46 mph and veered to the right just before crashing into the paddleboat.

The boat slowed to a speed of 31 mph just before the crash. Multiple passengers from the ‘On the Loos’ boat were injured in the collision.

The criminal complaint lists the following charges:

  1. Second Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety
    • Felony
    • Up to ten years in prison
  2. Second Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety
    • Felony
    • Up to ten years in prison
  3. Boating Accident Involving Injury – Fail to Render Aid
    • Misdemeanor
    • Up to nine months in prison
  4. Boating Accident Involving Injury – Fail to Render Aid
    • Misdemeanor
    • Up to nine months in prison
  5. Boating Accident Involving Injury – Fail to Render Aid
    • Misdemeanor
    • Up to nine months in prison
  6. Boating Accident Involving Injury – Fail to Render Aid
    • Misdemeanor
    • Up to nine months in prison
  7. Boating Accident Involving Injury – Fail to Render Aid
    • Misdemeanor
    • Up to nine months in prison
  8. Boating Accident Involving Injury – Fail to Render Aid
    • Misdemeanor
    • Up to nine months in prison
  9. Boating Accident Involving Injury – Fail to Render Aid
    • Misdemeanor
    • Up to nine months in prison
  10. Boating Accident Involving Injury – Fail to Render Aid
    • Misdemeanor
    • Up to nine months in prison
  11. Boating Accident Involving Injury – Fail to Render Aid
    • Misdemeanor
    • Up to nine months in prison
  12. Boating Accident Involving Injury – Fail to Render Aid
    • Misdemeanor
    • Up to nine months in prison
  13. Boating Accident Involving Injury – Fail to Render Aid
    • Misdemeanor
    • Up to nine months in prison
  14. Boating Accident Involving Injury – Fail to Render Aid
    • Misdemeanor
    • Up to nine months in prison
  15. Boating Accident Involving Injury – Fail to Render Aid
    • Misdemeanor
    • Up to nine months in prison
  16. Boating Accident Involving Injury – Fail to Render Aid
    • Misdemeanor
    • Up to nine months in prison
  17. Boating Accident Involving Injury – Fail to Render Aid
    • Misdemeanor
    • Up to nine months in prison
  18. Boating Accident Involving Injury – Fail to Render Aid
    • Misdemeanor
    • Up to nine months in prison
  19. Boating Accident Involving Injury – Fail to Render Aid
    • Misdemeanor
    • Up to nine months in prison
  20. Boating Accident Involving Injury – Fail to Render Aid
    • Misdemeanor
    • Up to nine months in prison
  21. Negligent Operation of Boat
    • Misdemeanor
    • Up to six months in prison

Court records do not show when Lindemann is scheduled to be back in court.

Our boating laws and regulations help protect people’s safety. Thank you to the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office, the DNR wardens, and the prosecutors who have been working on this case.

Attorney General Josh Kaul

No additional information was provided. Local 5 will continue to update this story.