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Officials investigate drowning of handcuffed man

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JEFFERSON CITY, MO (AP) – The Missouri State Highway Patrol is investigating the weekend drowning of a 20-year-old Iowa man who was handcuffed and being transported on suspicion of boating while intoxicated at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Highway Patrol Sgt. Paul Reinsch said Monday that Brandon Ellingson was taken into a Water Patrol boat, handcuffed and placed in a life vest. Reinsch says officials are investigating whether Ellingson fell into the lake or jumped in and that it’s unclear why his life vest came off.

Reinsch says the trooper involved has been placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure. He says the investigation likely would take at least a week.

Ellingson was from Clive, Iowa, and had been attending Arizona State University.

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5 comments

  • TheREALByeByeToTheRite

    Yeah, he is SO much safer now!

    Just more proof of what pathetic loser trash we have for law enforcement these days. Plus, I find it hard to believe this was an “accident”. How does one “fall off” a Water Patrol boat if they are properly seated and restrained? Sounds like riding with dimwit cops in a boat is far more dangerous than drinking and driving/boating any day of the week. I’ll take my chances with a drunk over an arrogant cop at the wheel!

    I’m gonna take a guess here the guy violated the more sacred and serious law of all: He probably was smart mouthed to the smart mouthed cop, so the cop wanted to show him how superior he was.

    As usual and customary in these things, nothing will be found wrong with the wonderful and benevolent police officer, so it’s up to this young man’s family to SUE SUE SUE the state, the Water Patrol, the State Highway Patrol, and the arrogant cop who was responsible.

    Hope the cop slips in the bathtub some day and knocks himself out and drowns. Wouldn’t that be fitting payback? LOL

    • Scooter

      Your total lack of respect for not only our military, but also all police officers, firefighters and now water patrol officers is absolutely DISGUSTING!!! Who do you think protects your ignorant ars every night and day? And WHY in the name of all that is good and righteous do you have to bring politics into every comment you manage to type out on your mom’s computer while living in her basement collecting your disability?

  • TherealByebyetotherite

    The SMART thing to do is VOTE NO NO NO NO NO on ANY ballot issue on the ballot this fall (NO to higher sales taxes, NO to the phony gun law, NO to the phony animal abuse farm law, NO NO NO)

    If the state needs more money for roads, go ask Rex DollarSignQuest for it – he can pay for it out of his huge income tax cut he’ll be getting.

    Did I mention to VOTE NO??? VOTE NO! VOTE NO! VOTE NO! VOTE NO!

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