The Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper driving a boat when a handcuffed man went overboard and drowned has been allowed back on the job.
Trooper Anthony C. Piercy had been on administrative leave following the death May 31 at the Lake of the Ozarks. Sgt. Paul Reinsch, Water Patrol spokesman, confirmed this morning Piercy had returned to work.
Brandon E. Ellingson, 20, of Clive, Iowa, was arrested on suspicion of boating while intoxicated. He was reportedly driving a boat, with a handful of occupants, at Lake of the Ozarks.
Reinsch said Ellingson, who was handcuffed behind his back, stood up while being transported on a 29-foot Donza power cruiser boat and stepped to the edge of the Water Patrol boat and then either fell or jumped overboard.
This morning, Reinsch said he did not know why Piercy was allowed back to work. The investigation of the death is continuing.