A 35-year-old Irvine man was arrested by Orange County sheriff’s deputies for child endangerment and resisting arrest after he
slapped and then threw his 7-year-old son off a sight-seeing boat in Newport Harbor, a sheriff’s spokesman said.
Sloan Briles was arrested by sheriff’s deputies shortly after 2p.m. Sunday on the Pavillion Queen, sheriff’s spokesman Jim Amormino.
“The suspect Briles was on the boat with his 6 and 7-year-old sons and his girlfriend, when the two adults started arguing,” Amormino said.
“Sloan walked to the front of the boat followed by his 7-year-old son who was upset that his father and the girlfriend were fighting,” Amormino said. “For some reason he hit the boy and then threw him overboard.”
Luckily, Amormino said, there were a lot of boats nearby on the water on Sunday afternoon.
“One of the boats scooped up the boy to safety,” Amormino said, adding, “the father finally jumped in the water but his son was already picked up by then.”
Briles then climbed back on to the boat and a few minutes later deputies boarded the boat. According to Amormino, Briles became “combative and had to be taken down by the deputies.”
One deputy suffered minor injuries to his hand in the scuffle. He was treated at the scene. The suspect was not injured. He was then arrested for child endangerment and resisting arrest, Amormino said.
Briles has since been released from Orange County jail.