Thousand Oaks man headed to prison for dropping cruise anchor
TAMPA, Fla. (KABC) -- A Thousand Oaks businessman will spend four months behind bars for dropping an anchor from a cruise ship.
U.S. District Judge Steven D. Merryday also on Tuesday ordered 45-year-old Rick Ehlert to pay a $7,500 fine and to participate in substance abuse and mental health counseling.
Last year, Ehlert pleaded guilty to bringing a Holland America ship to a halting stop as it returned to Tampa, Fla., from Mexico in 2010. He dropped the 18-ton stern anchor after a night of drinking, delaying the ship by three hours.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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