I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: More often than not, cops decide to arrest on suspicion of DUI even before they have the probable cause to believe that the person is driving drunk. And that’s exactly what happened to Wisconsin resident, Tanya Weyker.
Milwaukee County Deputy Joseph Quiles rolled through a stop sign and t-boned Weyker’s vehicle leaving her with four broken neck bones.
Quiles’s report indicated that he had stopped at the stop sign and then pulled into the intersection. However, a surveillance camera showed his car enter the intersection and collide with Weyker’s car without ever having stopped at the stop sign as his report indicated.
What’s more, Quiles’s report indicated that Weyker’s speech was slurred, she had a light odor of alcohol, and her eyes were red and glassy. Weyker told the Inquisitr that she was questioned by law enforcement while being treated for her wounds.
“One asked if I had anything to drink that night. And I told them a few sips from a friend’s drink. I explained to him my eyes were red and glassy because I was crying.”
Notwithstanding the lack of information to indicate that Weyker was intoxicated, she was arrested on suspicion of DUI.
A blood test later concluded that Weyker was sober during the incident. Apparently that wasn’t enough for prosecutor’s to drop the case against her. It was not until five months later, when Quiles made statements that he was at fault for the accident, that prosecutors dismissed the charges.
Weyker currently has two cases pending regarding the incident; one seeking compensation for her medical bills in the amount of $250,000 and another federal civil rights lawsuit against the Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke and four other deputies for covering up the crash.
Amazingly, Quiles is still employed by the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office.
Weyker told the Inquisitr, “I didn’t expect this to happen at all, especially by the people I trusted most to protect me if I needed them.”
Alas, yet another example of law enforcement justifying their own baseless suspicions of “drunk drivers.”