The Clay County Commissioners conducted an executive session, followed by a special meeting, Thursday morning to review the progress of Brandon Riggle.
On May 12, Riggle was suspended for 90 days, without pay, for his role in an altercation with Clay County Sheriff's Department Deputy/K-9 Handler Josh Clarke and K-9 Officer Forrest.
Riggle, 27, had been scheduled to appear in Clay Circuit Court July 9, but a motion for continuance was granted due to legal negotiations surrounding the case.
The court date was rescheduled for Oct. 8, causing the commissioners to extend the suspension until the issue is resolved in court.
"We cannot make a final decision until after the trial in October unless the matter is resolved before then," Commissioners' President Charlie Brown said. "If a resolution comes before the trial date, it is up to Brandon to bring us a court order stating it is resolved."
While the suspension remains without pay, the commissioners are allowing Riggle to maintain insurance coverage until Sept. 30.
"Court dates always have the potential to be pushed back and we can't continue to pay the insurance not knowing what might happen," Brown said. "However, he has complied with our request to undergo alcohol counseling voluntarily, because it was not court-ordered, so he deserves a chance to get the matter resolved before his insurance is cut."
Shortly before midnight on May 4, an unidentified homeowner called 911 dispatchers to report they were able to get the license plate number of the truck that just hit their home at 1378 West County Road 800 South and drove off.
After a search discovered an abandoned truck, with blood and firearms inside, Clarke and Forrest tracked down Riggle, hiding in a brush pile under some weeds.
Riggle refused several orders by Clarke to come out, and when Forrest was sent out to get him, he allegedly began hitting Forrest in the head, causing bruising and swelling to the K-9's head and muzzle.
He was formally charged with one count each of Operating a vehicle with an ACE of .15 or more, Operating a vehicle while intoxicated, Resisting law enforcement and Interfering with law enforcement, all of which are class A misdemeanors, and one count of Failure to stop after accident resulting in non-vehicle damage, a class B misdemeanor. If convicted of all charges, Riggle could face up to four years, 180 days incarceration and a $21,000 fine.
Due to the open case, Riggle was unable to comment on the matter