LAKE OF THE OZARKS, Missouri (KTVI) –The state of Missouri agreed to pay $9 million to the family of a college student who drowned in handcuffs while in the custody of a state trooper.
Brandon Ellingson, 20-year, sank to the bottom of a lake on Memorial Day 2014. His friends snapped a final picture of him as Missouri Highway Patrol Trooper Anthony Piercy took him away for suspicion of boating drunk.
Ellingson had just left Coconuts Bar.
Another Highway Patrol boat captured Trooper Piercy explaining why Ellingson was dead. “He was being real nice and cooperative. It`s not like we were fighting or arguing,” said Piercy.
GPS technology revealed at one point Piercy’s boat was traveling 43.7 mph.