Friday, September 04, 2009
In Lawrenceburg, If At First You Don't Succeed . . .
You could just say, "Under the limit and you're under arrest." A 53-year-old man is suing the Lawrenceburg Police Department over their outrageous actions in attempting to arrest him for driving while under the influence. After a breathalyzer test determined that Jamie Lockard's blood alcohol level was below .08, Indiana's legal limit, Officer Brian Miller refused to accept the result. He then had Lockhard handcuffed and strapped to a gurney (purportedly based on a warrant), whereupon a catheter was forcefully inserted into him for a urine sample and a blood sample was drawn from him. When the blood test came back below the legal limit, the police charged Lockard with obstruction of justice! Lockard's suit names as defendants the arresting police officer, the Lawrenceburg Police Department, Dearborn County Hospital and Dr. Ronald Cheek. Constitutional lawyer Jonathan Turley takes note of this story at his blog. "A common complaint is that police in abuse cases will often charge victims with obstruction or resisting arrest to justify their actions and encourage victims to agree to a settlement of all charges," Turley writes.