Two Erie Police Officers Dropped As Defendants in Civil Rights Lawsuit
A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed two Erie police officers as individual defendants in a civil rights lawsuit filed last year by a woman over her 2017 DUI arrest .
Court documents indicate that Jennifer Ladley, through her attorney, filed an unopposed motion in U.S. District Court to dismiss officers Aaron Haddox and Kevin Rogan as defendants.
A judge granted the motion the same day. The motion also asked that the two officers be responsible for their own court costs and attorneys fees.
The town of Erie also was named as a defendant in the civil suit, which is still pending. The suit alleges the town has not properly trained its police officers.
Ladley filed the lawsuit in May following a 2017 DUI arrest at her Erie home. The suit claims her Fourth Amendment rights were violated when an officer entered her garage and grabbed her wrist to prevent her from walking into her home.
Court records indicate that Haddox on May 11, 2017, responded to a call of an impaired driver leaving an Erie restaurant and located a vehicle matching the description — Ladley’s 2015 Porsche SUV — as it pulled into a residence on the Weld County side of Erie.
Haddox believed Ladley was intoxicated, and the two spoke briefly. Ladley turned to walk into her home, and Haddox stepped into her garage and grabbed her by the wrist to prevent her from leaving, according to court records.
Police arrested Ladley and took her to a hospital, where her blood was drawn and later showed her blood alcohol concentration was about two-and-a-half times the legally presumed level of intoxication with regard to driving, according to court records.
The Weld County District Attorney’s Office later dropped the DUI charge against Ladley because prosecutors stated they didn’t have sufficient evidence to proceed with the case, according to court records.
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