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BREAKING NEWS: Authorities searching for suspect

Friday, December 21, 2007

Mark Rissler
Authorities urge the public to report any information about the whereabouts of "dangerous fugitive" Mark Rissler, 20, Brazil, who was involved in a high-speed pursuit Thursday morning which ended in an accident that seriously injured Brazil City Patrolman/K-9 Handler Kenny Hill.

"Even if people don't think it is important, please call us," Brazil City Police Chief Terry Harrison said.

To report information about Rissler's whereabouts, contact the Clay County Sheriff's Department at 446-2535 or the Brazil City Police Department at 446-2211.

Wanted originally on an arrest warrant for petition to revoke probation on a prior conviction for a class D felony charge of possession of methamphetamine, officials have issued another warrant for Rissler's arrest after the Thursday morning incident with Hill.

Shortly before 3:30 a.m. Thursday, a tip on the whereabouts of Rissler led to a traffic stop by Hill and Clay County Sheriff's Deputy Josh Krause on State Road 42.

Rissler and an unidentified passenger were inside the vehicle.

After presenting his driver's license to the officers, Rissler drove off, dragging Hill for approximately 30-40 feet before he could get free.

A high-speed pursuit ensued eastward along S.R. 42 to an area near County Road 400 East, where Hill's police cruiser hit a patch of ice, spun, went off the road and struck a tree. Hill sustained severe damage to his left leg that required reconstructive surgery at Indianapolis Methodist Hospital.

Secured inside her kennel carrier in the vehicle during the collision, K-9 Officer Anya sustained no visible injuries from being banged around inside the car.

The new warrant has been issued for four charges, including two counts of class C felony resisting law enforcement, one count of criminal recklessness and one count of reckless driving. If arrested, Rissler will be booked into the Clay County Justice Center on a $25,000, no 10 percent cash bond to await arraignment for the charges.

Although a picture was released to media outlets Thursday, Harrison released a detailed description of Rissler's appearance Friday afternoon to aid the public in identifying him.

Rissler is described as having a medium build; six-feet tall, 145-160 pounds, with sandy-brown hair and blue eyes.

Although officials believe that Rissler has probably ditched the 1997 Oldsmobile Aurora (license plate number DOC 6357) he was driving at the time of the incident, they still want to find the vehicle.

"We believe he's still in the area," Harrison said. "We want to find him as quickly as possible."

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I hope anybody who knows where this punk is hiding out will do the right thing and call the police. This menace needs locked away for a good long time.

-- Posted by snow on Sat, Dec 22, 2007, at 2:20 PM

Another puke that needs to be out of society and in prison with his kind. Big enough to commit crimes, but not strong enough to man up to it.

-- Posted by Hungry&Fat on Sun, Dec 30, 2007, at 7:57 PM

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