Victim Arrested After Sheriff's Deputy Crashes Into Her
County took months to clear her name
A woman in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was arrested for drunk driving after being T-boned by a police officer. The only problem? She was sober and not at fault for the accident.
Deputy Sheriff Joseph Quiles hit Tanya Weyker's car while on patrol around General Mitchell International Airport on February 20th, 2013, KTLA reported. The crash broke her neck in four places, leaving her unable to blow into a Breathalyzer or take a field sobriety test.
Deputy Quiles said in the accident report that he made a full stop at the stop signed and looked each way before proceeding and did not see Weyker's headlights, but security cameras caught Deputy Quiles rolling through the stop sign before hitting Weyker's Camry. Deputy Quiles also said he smelled alcohol on Weyker's breath and that her eyes were red and glassy.
"I explained to him my eyes were red and glassy because I was crying," Weyker told KTLA.
She was placed under arrest for drunk driving while in traction at the hospital, though there was no evidence alcohol was a factor. The county threatened Weyker with prosecution if she didn't pay for damages in the crash, even though the Sheriff Department knew Deputy Quiles was at fault two days afterward. Five months later, blood tests show she was sober at the crash, but it took another five months for prosecutors to drop the charges against her. She's still waiting for the county to help with her medical bills, which may reach $1 million. Weyker also filed a complaint against the deputy that arrested her, WTKR reports.
As for Deputy Quiles, he was suspended for nine days for breaking a traffic law, but was never punished for his incorrect statements in the incident report. He has not worked in the year proceeding the accident, has exhausted his injury pay, and has his retirement application up for review, despite being released from the hospital after the crash after treatment for minor injuries.
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