Woman accused of causing chaotic boating incident in Steuben County appears in court


A 20-year-old Fort Wayne woman accused of causing a chaotic boating incident on Lake Gage made her first court appearance this week.

Dominique Effinger appeared in Steuben County court Monday to learn she’ll face at least a three-day trial starting on January 11.

She’s accused of being drunk while operating a boat on July 15, driving so fast she and her passengers were thrown off. Then the boat circled the water, out of control, causing damage and injuries before police were able to jump on and bring it under control.

One person suffered a fractured skull, another had their arm “partly amputated,” according to KPC News.

Effinger has pleaded “not guilty,” and will be back in court in October for a pre-trial conference.


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