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Lake Shafer Tubing Crash Results In Severe Injury And Arrests
Updated June 1, 2017 6:44 AM
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(MONTICELLO) - Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating a boat crash that occurred on Memorial Day on Lake Shafer.

A man struck a pier while being towed on a tube.

On Monday, just before 8 p.m., emergency personnel responded to a residence on Chamber Ct for a report of a man seriously injured after he, and his tube, collided with a dock support pole.

The tube was being pulled by a 1993 Maxum ski boat. It was determined the occupant of the tube, 31-year-old Jason Mullendore of Lafayette, sustained a life threatening leg injury and lost a considerable amount of blood.

Emergency treatment was provided by bystanders and arriving personnel. Mullendore was transported to IU White Hospital by Monticello Fire Department Paramedics. Upon arriving at IU White Hospital, he was immediately flown to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. Mullendore underwent emergency surgery in Indianapolis and is in serious condition. The injury resulted in the loss of his lower leg.

Indiana Conservation Officer's and White County Sheriff's Deputies began their investigation and were told by several occupants of the boat that 24-year-old Britany Mentel of Lafayette was operating the boat at the time of the crash.

It was later determined that all of the adults in the boat fabricated their story about who was actually driving the boat.

It has been determined that the boat was actually being operated by 59-year-old John Mentel of Monticello.

On Tuesday, Indiana Conservation Officers made the following arrests:

  • John Mentel, 59, of Monticello on a misdemeanor charge of false informing
  • Cole Hartman, 23, of Delphi on a misdemeanor false informing

Hartman and Mentel were booked into the White County Jail.

This investigation is ongoing and additional charges and the arrests of others involved are possible.

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