Last year in Milwaukee, Tanya Weyker suffered a broken neck after a sheriff’s deputy T-boned her car. She was arrested and charged with DUI. While Weyker admitted to having a few sips of a friend’s drink that night, her injuries were too severe to perform field sobriety tests. Deputy Scott Griffin arrested Weyker anyway, citing her for driving drunk even though blood tests later proved that Weyker had no alcohol or drugs in her system. Weyker says that her “eyes were red and glassy because I was crying,” not because she was intoxicated.
Weyker has now filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke and four of his deputies. Weyker’s lawyer Jon Erickson said that “Ms. Weyker’s constitutional rights were violated very severely,” and that Weyker was treated as a criminal even as she laid in a hospital bed in pain. She even had to ask for permission to use the wash room in front of a deputy keeping watch on her.
A FOX6 investigation showed that the Deputy Joseph Quiles T-boned Weyker’s Toyota Camry and lied about who caused the crash. Video from a airport surveillance camera proved that Deputy Quiles didn’t stop before turning onto Howell Avenue. Though the Sheriff’s office had knowledge of the video two days after the crash, the drunk driving case continued for 10 months before a prosecutor decided to file formal charges.
The suit accuses the sheriff’s office of covering up Deputy Quiles’ role in the crash by falsely arresting Weyker for driving while intoxicated, as well as for the “de facto policy” of concealing and suppressing officer misconduct.
Deputy Quiles was treated and released for minor injuries after the crash, but has yet to return to work. The lawyer representing Quiles’ workers compensation case says that the Deputy is disabled and cannot perform his duties. The County Executive’s office says Quiles has a pending claim for permanent duty disability.
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