LAMOINE — The Maine State Police say a Florida woman had alcohol in her system in excess of the legal limit when she accidentally drove into the ocean at Lamoine Beach in September and died.
Early in the morning on Sept. 4, a beachgoer saw the roof of Joann Boardman’s rental car, which was submerged in the water.
“It’s really a tragic case,” Detective Sgt. Carleton Small said. “She was in town for her son’s wedding.”
Boardman, 48, had left the reception and was en route to her hotel. Instead of turning left at the intersection of Shore Road and Douglas Highway, Boardman turned the car right onto Lamoine Beach Road and traveled a four-mile stretch down that road, going straight into the water.
“There’s a few different factors that came into play that created that tragedy,” Small said. “One of them, obviously she did not know the area at all. And she at the time of the accident, when she was traveling towards Lamoine Beach, she thought she was traveling towards Ellsworth.”
“At the time of the accident, it was almost high tide, so when she left the road and went onto the beach, she was almost immediately in the water,” the detective said. “And then you have all those factors, combined with the fact that she had consumed alcohol prior to the accident. She was over the legal limit.”