Accident with Deputy Leads to False DUI Arrest

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A Milwaukee, Wisconsin County Sheriff’s Deputy arrested a woman for DUI after the two were involved in a car accident in February of 2013. The young woman, Tanya Weyker, was hurt so badly she could not provide a breath test sample or perform field sobriety tests.  But the deputy arrested her for several DUI related charges, and those charges were pending for over a year, even after blood tests proved she was drug and alcohol free during the accident.

Deputy Quiles wrote in his report that he stopped at a stop sign, looked both ways before pulling out, and that he never saw any oncoming headlights. However, video from a nearby airport surveillance camera showed otherwise. It shows Deputy Quiles’ police car traveling through the intersection without making a complete stop, as Quiles claimed in his report. The Sheriff’s Office knew about the video just two days after the crash, but no one told Weyker. Instead, the County demanded Weyker pay for the damage caused in the accident.

It wasn’t until ten months after the crash that internal investigators at the Sheriff’s Office interviewed Deputy Quiles. After making him aware of the video surveillance, he acknowledged his earlier statements regarding the accident were false.

Tanya Weyker remembers the accident clearly. Not just the crash that broke her neck in four places, but the false DUI accusations that followed.  Ms. Weyker was diagnosed with cancer as a child, and the radiation caused her spine to curve. Metal rods had to be inserted to keep her spine straight.  The accident sent her car into a tree, fracturing her neck and alomst paralyzing her.

As emergency responders tended to Weyker, Sheriff’s deputies started asking questions. “One asked if I had anything to drink that night,” she said. “And I told them a few sips from a friend’s drink.” A deputy noted a light odor of alcohol on her breath. He said her speech was slurred. And her eyes looked red and glassy. “I explained to him my eyes were red and glassy because I was crying,” she said. When asked about prescription drugs, she told deputies she had taken Vicodin a week prior for pain due to the removal of her wisdom teeth.

She was charged with five different DUI related charges. Weyker's mother raced to the hospital after the accident to find sheriff deputies standing guard, restricting access to their DUI suspect.

 

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Source: Fox6 Milwaukee: Sober Driver Arrested for DUI

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