This is classic. A Milwaukee, Wisconsin cop was on patrol one night at an airport, ran a stop sign and t-boned another driver Tanya Weyker, breaking her neck in four different places and then had the audacity to arrest her for DUI, even though she was perfectly sober.
Weyker had been diagnosed with cancer as a three-year-old and had undergone radiation treatments that left her spine deformed and requiring metal rods to straighten it out.
Immediately after the accident, she was treated as a criminal as police questioned her as to how many drinks she had had that night. She complied and answered all their questions, despite having a broken neck. FOX 6 Now reported:
“It was a miracle I wasn’t paralyzed,” she said.
As rescue workers tended to Weyker, police and 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 her use of prescription drugs, Weyker says she told the truth.
“I just got my wisdom teeth pulled out, so they gave me Vicodin for that. I told them it was little over a week since I took the Vicodin,” Weyker said.
Her injuries were too severe to allow for any field sobriety tests. She couldn’t even give a breath sample. But another deputy, who also worked in the airport bureau, arrested Weyker anyway, on five separate charges including drunk driving causing injury.
“They made me into this criminal,” she said.
Weyker’s mom raced to the hospital to find deputies standing guard.
“She was in traction and just sitting there. She was crying and said they accused her, they arrested her and accused her of something she didn’t do,” Grace Weyker said.
Even in Deputy Quiles’s police report, he said that he came to a full and complete stop and looked both ways before proceeding and claimed that he never saw any headlights, even though in Weyker’s car, the headlights come on automatically.
Thankfully, surveillance footage from the airport (where he was patrolling that night) showed that that was a lie. And the Sheriff’s department knew about that footage two days after the incident but didn’t bother telling Weyker about it. No, instead, they let these incriminating charges pester her for nearly a year. Even after blood tests showed she had zero alcohol and zero drugs in her system.
To add insult to injury, Weyker was getting letters from the county threatening legal action if she didn’t pay for damages “she caused” to Deputy Quiles’s vehicle.
It gets better. Deputy Quiles was trying to get his child support payouts reduced, citing injuries he sustained from the car accident. He apparently told the judge in his child support case that he had been on medical leave ever since the accident happened, despite official reports stating that Quiles suffered only minor injuries and was “treated and released” from the hospital.
Finally, 10 months after the accident, the Sheriff’s office decided to investigate Quiles, where he decided to hint at the truth. “I’ve been told I rolled the stop sign at Howell and Hutsteiner,” Quiles told the internal investigator. He then acknowledged the accident was his fault. According to FOX 6:
He was officially suspended for nine days for violating traffic laws and damaging County equipment. He was never disciplined for the inaccurate report that caused Weyker so much trouble, despite a previous history of discipline for filing reports written by someone else.
The DA declined to file charges against Weyker, and Deputy Quiles has admitted he was at fault, but Weyker is still waiting for the County to pay her medical bills. Korb says those bills could top a million dollars, but state law puts a cap of $250,000 on claims against government agencies.
Meanwhile, Weyker has filed a separate complaint against the deputy who arrested her. It could be the precursor to a civil rights lawsuit against the County, for which there is not cap on damages.
In reality, these types of accidents happen all the time. I’m not asking for police to be perfect. Just to be accountable. I’m sure Quiles didn’t mean to cause anyone pain. But the moment it happened, he should have owned up to it and taken responsibility for the accident.