Grand Lake boat driver John Deselms confesses to drinking, taking pills prior to crash

GRAND LAKE, Okla. - The driver of a boat that killed two after it collided with a docked houseboat on Grand Lake last week has admitted to drinking and taking unprescribed medication shortly before the accident, according to a report released Wednesday.

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The Oklahoma Highway Patrol Marine Investigation Report states John Deselms told authorities he had "10 beers, one shot of tequila, and had taken an unknown anti-depressant that was not prescribed" prior to driving the boat.

The 21-year-old Tulsa native also confessed to smoking marijuana around two days before the May 14 accident, the report reads.

Deselms was one of eight in the boat, which ramped into the houseboat that afternoon. Close friends initially suggested the boat was involved in a race and may have been bumped or swerved into the houseboat.


Deselms, who was injured and hospitalized following the crash, was arrested in a Vinita hospital and cited for operation of a vessel under the influence.

The report did not indicate the boat's speed.

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