This photo by Myles Goertz shows Brandon Ellingson in the back of Trooper Anthony Piercy’s boat on May 31. Piercy later arrested Ellingson for boating while intoxicated, cuffed his hands behind his back and put a Type III life vest on him. Because a Type III vest has armholes, it cannot be secured on a handcuffed person. Troopers are trained to use Type I life jackets on handcuffed subjects. An orange-red Type I life jacket is visible in the boat a few feet from Ellingson.
This photo by Myles Goertz shows Brandon Ellingson in the back of Trooper Anthony Piercy’s boat on May 31. Piercy later arrested Ellingson for boating while intoxicated, cuffed his hands behind his back and put a Type III life vest on him. Because a Type III vest has armholes, it cannot be secured on a handcuffed person. Troopers are trained to use Type I life jackets on handcuffed subjects. An orange-red Type I life jacket is visible in the boat a few feet from Ellingson. Photo courtesy of Myles Goertz
This photo by Myles Goertz shows Brandon Ellingson in the back of Trooper Anthony Piercy’s boat on May 31. Piercy later arrested Ellingson for boating while intoxicated, cuffed his hands behind his back and put a Type III life vest on him. Because a Type III vest has armholes, it cannot be secured on a handcuffed person. Troopers are trained to use Type I life jackets on handcuffed subjects. An orange-red Type I life jacket is visible in the boat a few feet from Ellingson. Photo courtesy of Myles Goertz

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