On February 24, 2012, Talking Points Memo reported:
However, a joke about a drunken boating accident might not be the best analogy for Rehberg to be making — as he was himself injured in a serious boating accident in August 2009. The driver of the boat, then-state Sen. Greg Barkus, was found to have had a blood-alcohol content of .16, in a test conducted two hours after the crash. A top Rehberg aide suffered a serious head injury, but later made a remarkably strong recovery and has since gone on to start his own political consulting firm.
In December 2010, Barkus pleaded no contest to a charge of felony criminal endangerment, as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors in order to receive a deferred sentence.
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