Warning to boaters issued after charges filed in basketball player’s drowning

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HAMILTON COUNTY, Ind. (Aug. 7, 2015) -- New charges filed in the drowning death of a college basketball player have officers sending a warning to boaters.

Hamilton County prosecutors charged Jasmin Jackson, 21, with operating a motorboat while intoxicated.

In court paperwork, officers said Jackson admitted to driving the boat that was pulling Dai-Jon Parker, 22, and a friend as they were tubing on Morse Reservoir in late May. Parker was tossed off into the water and drowned. He was not wearing a life jacket at the time.

Dai Jon Parker

Dai Jon Parker

"There is zero tolerance, you're not going to get a break," said Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer Jet Quillen.

Quillen and his fellow officers were heading out onto the state's waterways to do patrols on what's expected to be a nice weekend. He was the officer whose sonar device located Parker in the water.

"These investigations are thorough. It doesn’t happen in a day or two," said Quillen.

An officer said in an affidavit that Jackson was slurring her speech and had "glassy, watery, bloodshot" eyes after the drowning. Her blood alcohol level was found to be .03 and there was marijuana detected in her system.

Quillen said a lot of boaters don't realize the law that applies to drunk driving on the road is the same on the water.

"It’s potentially more dangerous, you’re surrounded by water. Boats do not have seatbelts and brakes and tail lights and things like that," said Quillen.

He also wanted boaters to remember that life jackets are important any time you're on the water, no matter who you are.

"It doesn’t matter if you’re young, in good shape like this drowning victim was, it can happen to you," said Quillen.

Jackson faces a misdemeanor charge. She was summoned into court and not arrested.