Tustumena crew members notified Alaska State Troopers at about 10:15 a.m. that they had detained 57-year-old passenger Thomas Scofic, according to a trooper report.
An investigation indicated Scofic was intoxicated and had caused a disturbance during which he “assaulted the captain of the vessel by recklessly placing him in fear of imminent physical injury,” according to the report.
Onboard Alaska Marine Highway System vessels, the crew has the authority to detain people in case of a possible crime or disturbance. They typically contact troopers or local police at the next port of call and hand the person over there, AMHS spokesman Jeremy Woodrow said.
Alcohol is not sold onboard AMHS vessels before noon, and then only if staff is available, Woodrow said.
Scofic was issued a summons to appear in court in Kodiak on a charge of assault in the fourth degree.