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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Criminal Justice Quote: Police Officer Causes Vehicle Accident, Wrongfully Arrested Woman He Injured

     A sheriff's deputy rolled though a stop sign and crashed into another driver--25 year-old Tanya Weyker--breaking her neck in four places. Unbelievably, police arrested Weyker for drunk driving, even though she was sober, and even though they soon obtained surveillance video proving the deputy was at fault.

     It took a year for Weyker to definitively clear her name, and she still hasn't been reimbursed by the county for damages to her vehicle and medical expenses….Joseph Quiles, a Milwaukee County sheriff's deputy, caused the accident at night in February 2013, when he rolled through the stop sign, T-boning Weyker.

     Quiles was soon joined by another officer at the crash scene. Weyker was injured so badly that it was impossible for officers to administer a field sobriety test. She told officers that she had consumed a few sips of alcohol from a friend's cup, and was previously taking medication after having her wisdom teeth removed. The officers considered this enough information to charge her with drunk driving. In Quiles' report, he claimed that he stopped at the sign, and the accident was Weyker's fault.

     Within two days, authorities received video proof that the crash had been Quiles fault. They did not drop the charges, however. The county even wrote letters to Weyker demanding that she pay for the damages to both cars.

     Five months later, test results proved that Weyker was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the arrest. Still, it took another five months for prosecutors to drop the charges against her….

Robby Soave, "Cop Crashed Into Sober Woman, Broke Her Neck, Arrested Her For Drunk Driving," The Daily Caller, May 3, 2014 

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