In the U.S., it's all too common for police to arrest a person on suspicion of driving under the influence based on inaccurate information or misleading tests. But in Wisconsin last year, a deputy arrested a woman on suspicion of DUI after she had been in a serious collision - which he himself caused.
Back in February of 2013, a 25-year old woman was reportedly driving in Milwaukee County when a deputy rolled a stop sign and slammed into the side of her car, sending it into a tree. With her neck broken in four places, the deputy began questioning her while rescue workers were addressing her injuries.
The deputy allegedly pointed out her red and glassy eyes (because she had been crying), an odor of alcohol (which she said came from a few sips of her friend's drink), and slurred speech (again, her neck was broken). Since no field sobriety test was possible, the woman was subsequently placed under arrest on DUI charges. The deputy initially lied about the circumstances of the collision, saying in his report that the woman pulled out in front of him. But surveillance video contradicted the deputy's story. And both blood and drug tests administered to the victim eventually came back negative.
To make matters worse, the charges weren't dropped for five months, and the county kept sending her letters threatening her with legal action if she didn't pay for the damage. It wasn't until ten months after the accident that Milwaukee County investigators discovered that the deputy had in fact caused the collision.
The woman is still waiting for the county to pay her medical bills. She has filed a complaint against the deputy himself, which could lead to a civil lawsuit against the county.
And the deputy who T-boned her car? He claims that he was permanently disabled by injuries he sustained in the crash - even though hospital records indicate that he was treated and released after suffering minor injuries.