Florida Police Allegedly Beat Female Driver During DUI Arrest
Published on 09/18/2013 -
By John Clark
Florida police allegedly beat a woman during a DUI arrest, and her personal injury attorney has vowed to take legal action against the department, according to a report from the Huffington Post.
According to sources, the beating was captured on a dashboard camera, which is unfortunate for the police, but could provide key evidence for the driver if she decides to press charges.
Drunk Driver Abused by Police During DUI Stop
This week, the Tallahassee Democrat discovered footage of Christina West’s drunk driving arrest, and the film shows a beating that has put the police department in a legally vulnerable position.
During the video, a woman, presumably the 44-year-old West, can be heard screaming while police smash her face into the side of a police car. The incident occurred on August 10, sources say.
Sources say West, who was arrested on charges of drunk driving and committing a battery against a police officer, was treated for several serious injuries, including “a broken orbital bone, along with a swollen eye, bloody nose and cuts to her arms and legs.”
State Attorney Willie Meggs, who would be tasked with prosecuting the police department if criminal charges are filed, called it “one of the most disturbing videos” he had ever seen. Meggs also said he was “extremely upset” and said he was “dealing with” what he believed was a “very disturbing situation.
When contacted by local sources, a spokesperson from the Tallehassee Police Department did not respond to requests for comment, but sources did confirm that the department is investigating the incident.
Abused Drunk Driver Threatens to Sue Police
The driver’s attorney has promised to file a complaint against the police department, and the driver may be able to seek personal injury compensation.
According to reports, during the arrest, police initially put West in the patrol car, but pulled her out when she agreed to take a breathalyzer test.
At that time, police noticed the petite West had managed to slip her hands out of the handcuffs. When West resisted their efforts to pull her out of the car, police officers allegedly responded with force, slamming her face on the trunk of the police car, and pulling her to the ground.
Incredibly, one police officer apparently kneeled on her head, while the other kneeled on her back. To make matters worse, one of the police officers reportedly mocked West, saying she “went from a misdemeanor to a felony,” and offering a “congratulations.”
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