It may come as a surprise, but these type of incidents do occur more often than they appear in the news. One night in February 2013, a Wisconsin deputy officer rolled past a stop sign and crashed into 25 year old Tanya Weyker’s car, breaking her neck in 4 places. “It was a miracle I wasn’t paralyzed,” Weyker remarked. Even before the authorities arrived at the scene, Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Deputy Joseph Quiles blamed Weyker for the accident claiming that she was drunk.
The officers questioned her and noted that her speech was slurred and her eyes were red and glassy. Of course her eyes were red and glassy —she had been crying from the pain of her injuries. Even though she was too injured to blow into a breathalyzer, they arrested her for DUI on FIVE charges!
The only pretense the officers had to treat her as a suspected drunk driver, was Quiles false statement. Drunk driving defense expert Andrew Mishlove said “If Deputy Quiles hadn’t essentially blamed the accident on her,” Mishlove argues,” they never would’ve drawn her blood. They never would’ve arrested her.” After all, Quiles was the one who rolled at the stop sign and crashed into her car with such speed that she suffered fractures. In his official report, Quiles wrote that he made a complete stop at the stop sign and also looked both ways before continuing. He also wrote that he never saw the headlights on Weyker’s Toyota Camry, despite the fact that her lights always switched on automatically when the vehicle started. Quiles only suffered minor injuries at the time.
Later, however, he did file for permanent disability which is still pending, and he has not worked since the accident. Look at the time line of this case: Feb 2013- Tanya Weyker is severely injured by Officer Quiles and arrested for DUI Two days after the crash- Sheriff’s office obtained the surveillance video that showed Quiles was responsible for the crash. One month after the crash- Weyker’s blood test comes back negative for alcohol in her blood Five months after the crash- Weyker’s Chemical tests prove that she did not have any drugs in her body Five months after the crash- The District Attorney’s office declined to file charges against Weyker and Deputy Quiles had admitted that he was at fault. But no one informed Weyker of all this and she was left in the dark. Ten months after the crash- Sheriff’s Office interviewed Deputy Quiles who admitted that he “rolled” past the stop sign. Today (15 months later) – Weyker is still waiting for the County to pay her medical bills which could top a million dollars, but state law puts a cap of $250,000 on claims against government agencies. She has filed a separate complaint against the deputy who arrested her which could develop into a civil rights lawsuit against the County, for which there is no dollar limit on damages. Hats off to Tanya for fighting this all the way to court. Weyker has always been a fighter. At the age of 3, she was diagnosed with cancer. Multiple radiation treatments caused her spine to curve. Doctors attached metal rods to her backbone. Despite all this, she went through school and obtained a college degree. And she was a safe driver—without ever having a speeding ticket. Read the article here http://fox6now.com/2014/05/01/sober-driver-arrested-for-owi-when-deputy-crashes-into-her/ If you or someone you know was wrongfully charged with a DUI in Georgia, get a professional attorney to fight your case. Call The Law Offices of Douglas B. Chanco Today! 1-855-9-ATL-DUI