The outlook is good for a Brazil City Police Officer who was injured early Thursday morning.
Shortly after 4 a.m., Patrolman/K-9 Handler Kenny Hill and Clay County Sheriff's Deputy Josh Krause initiated a traffic stop on State Road 42 on a vehicle driven by Mark Rissler, 20, Brazil.
After presenting his driver's license to the officers, Rissler drove off from the officers to avoid arrest, dragging Hill for approximately 30-40 feet.
The two officers were in pursued Rissler along SR 42, near County Road 400 East, when Hill's vehicle hit a patch of ice, went off the road and struck a tree.
Hill was stabilized at Terre Haute Regional Hospital, then was transported by ambulance to Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis, for surgery to repair extensive damage done to his left leg.
According to Brazil City Police Sgt. Dave Archer, Hill sustained a compound fracture in the shin of his left leg and a fractured right hip. Both injuries were resulted from the collision with the tree.
Hill came out of surgery around 4:30 p.m., and doctors believe he will be able to make a full recovery.
To repair the compound fracture, doctors inserted a metal rod into the bone along with numerous screws in the lower ankle/foot area to stabilize it.
"God was looking out for Kenny this morning," Archer said. "The department is grateful he is ok and are also very appreciative of all the calls from the public expressing their thoughts and prayers for his recovery."
K-9 Officer Anya was bumped and banged around inside her carrier in the vehicle during the collision, but sustained no visible injuries. However, the experience has taken an emotional toll on her.
Clarke took Anya from the scene and is currently taking care of her at this time. Plans are to continue her training once she has been taken to a veterinarian to be checked out and cleared to return to work.
In the meantime, authorities are still searching for Rissler, who is wanted on an arrest warrant for a probation violation on drug charges. He is considered a dangerous fugitive.
To report information about the whereabouts of Rissler, contact the Clay County Sheriff's Department at 446-2535 or the Brazil City Police Department at 446-2211.