Police charged a man with boating while intoxicated Sunday in Atlantic Beach, with a fisherman telling authorities that the mariner had "wandered in circles" and admitted to drinking, court records show.

A judge set bail for Casmir Usowicz, 52, of Wharton, New Jersey, at $3,000 bond or $1,500 cash during his arraignment Monday on the misdemeanor charge, authorities said.

The boater, who was piloting a 1999 Bayliner in Debs Inlet, had a strong smell of alcohol on his breath, slurred speech and bloodshot eyes, with a blood-alcohol content of 0.226 percent, according to Nassau police. The legal threshold for intoxication while boating in a private vessel in New York is a BAC of .08 percent.

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Police also ticketed Usowicz for not having distress flares on his boat, court records show.

Records show the arrest happened after a fisherman called authorities to report that at about 9 a.m., the defendant drove up to him and asked "Where am I?" and "Where can I get cigarettes?"

The witness said in a police statement: "I had given him directions back to New Jersey and he couldn't understand and wandered in circles."

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The witness also said in the statement that Usowicz was disoriented, and answered yes when asked if he was drinking.

Prosecutors said Usowicz entered a not guilty plea, but his attorney could not be reached Monday.