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BREAKING NEWS UPDATE: Officer injured during pursuit expected to make full recovery

Thursday, December 20, 2007

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.

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Sounds like you know some of law enforcement huh UhOhNoNo? Santa coming to visit you?

-- Posted by RickS on Thu, Dec 20, 2007, at 11:09 PM

I don't care if they go to Timbuktu as long as they take idiot's like this off the street. My guess is he started following him in Brazil waiting on confirmation of identity and confirmation of the warrants before a stop was attempted. Or possibly he was waiting on backup before initiating the stop. I guess he could have just let the guy go when they got to the city limits. DUH!

-- Posted by Icareaboutbrazil on Fri, Dec 21, 2007, at 6:59 AM

Santa coming... haha I love that. I am guessing he will only get COAl this year if he does come!

-- Posted by madmom61 on Fri, Dec 21, 2007, at 8:13 AM

I bet you would appreciate the police if you were to need them. Hopefully, you never need to.

-- Posted by loulou on Fri, Dec 21, 2007, at 9:50 AM

UhOhNoNo- Sounds like you may have been a "victim" of the "city cops" sick thrills. You are right, how sick for a cop to get a thrill out of doing their job and arresting a criminal.

-- Posted by snow on Fri, Dec 21, 2007, at 3:33 PM

Ya'll keep bashing the police officers if it makes you feel holy! You'd probably even bash the police if this punk meth head stole from you to support his habit or harmed one of your family members while high. Pity the poor meth addict and just let him run amok breaking the law rather than buy in to the idea the officer was doing what our taxes pay him to do.....get dirt off the street before they harm others! What's wrong with arresting criminals???? Perhaps you've been caught a time or two yourselves, and that's why you are so bitter. I, myself, appreciate anyone who does his job to the best of his ability. If all the addicts could just keep breaking the law whenever they want without consequences, our lives will all be in greater danger! My prayers are with Officer Hill and his family. Kudos for trying to keep our county safer!!

-- Posted by Bigpappy on Sat, Dec 22, 2007, at 12:29 AM

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