Iowa man drowns after being arrested in Missouri

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Brandon Ellingson (photo from

An Iowa man drowned when he either fell or jumped from a police boat after being arrested at Lake of the Ozarks.

The Missouri Highway Patrol reports 20-year-old Brandon Ellingson of Clive, Iowa was arrested just before 5:30 p.m. Saturday, May 31, 2014 for allegedly boating while intoxicated.

As Ellingson was being transported across the lake after his arrest, “he stood up in the moving vessel, stepped to the edge starboard side, and fell or jumped overboard” according to the highway patrol’s online report.

Lake Alert, a local news outlet at the Lake of the Ozarks, reported Ellingson was handcuffed and was wearing a life jacket when he was arrested, and that his life jacket had come off at some time during the incident according to a highway patrol spokesman. A water patrol officer reportedly jumped in after Ellingson but could not rescue him.

Ellingson’s body was recovered by a dive team just before 11:30 a.m. the next day.

Ellingson was a student at Arizona State University.


  • sarah

    It’s the cops fault for not taking better care of him since he was in their custody at that time.

  • ararielfett

    Ah, the police hate is coming out. If an officer JUMPED IN after him, I highly doubt there was any foul play here. All of you get off your stupid “cops are so bad” train. This idiot shouldn’t of been drunk and boating.

  • Brandy

    I say it is the cops fault and of course they are going to jump in to look like the heros… The police vessels wasn’t following the rules of the water if the DIDN”T have his life jacket on or on correctly. yes he was in the wrong, but he was suppose to be in the hands of the “fine” police officers.

    • ararielfett

      Of course, blame law enforcement for someone’s stupidity. Did an officer tell him to go boating while drunk? Did an officer tell him to stand up and jump/fall off the boat? No. This guy is only to blame. Shouldn’t of gotten himself in that predicament to begin with.

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