August 1, 2006
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SHIP CAPTAIN ACCEPTS GOVERNMENT'S OFFER
Seattle--Perikilis Petridis, former Captain of the Celebrity Cruise Line's Ship, the MERCURY, yesterday accepted a negotiated plea from the US Government. Captain Petridis was arrested on May 19th after the Coast Guard boarded the docked ship and awakened Petridis who was sleeping after an evening shift ended.
Under the terms of the offer, Captain Petridis plead to a single count of having a .04 or greater blood alcohol level while the ship was docked in Seattle and he accepted a fine imposed by US Magistrate Judge James P. Donohue. There was no active probation imposed and the only restriction placed upon him is a one-year provision that he cannot be in US waters as a captain or employee of cruise ships without prior approval of the
Dept. of Homeland Security.
This plea agreement was offered by the Government after the breathalyzer evidence taken aboard the MERCURY was thrownout by the Court last month.
Petridis' Attorney Anne Bremner states:"It was clear from the beginning that the government's case was flawed. My client is enormously pleased with this result and relieved that he will be able to spend time with his family in Greece, and resume his career."
In open court yesterday, Judge Donohue praised the defendant's comportment during the pendency of the matter and expressed confidence that Mr.Petridis will put this matter behind him and continue his successful career.
Petridis is now free to leave the United States.
The Captain plans to travel to Thailand for a vacation and then return to his home in