Video: Forceful Fla. DUI arrest prompts investigation

Christina West was arrested for DUI and battery on officers after driving her car into a home

By PoliceOne Staff

TALLAHASSEE — Dash cam video showing the violent arrest of a woman suspected of driving while intoxicated may be grounds for a lawsuit against the city of Tallahassee, says city commissioner Scott Maddox.

In the early hours of August 10, Christina West, 44, drove her vehicle off the road and into a home, causing at least six officers to respond to the scene, according to PNJ.

West was arrested and placed in the back of a cruiser, then pulled out again and handcuffed face-down on the pavement as she screamed. According to one officer, this was necessary because her wrists were so small that she slipped out of the cuffs and repeatedly tried kneeing the officer in the genitals.

West’s lawyer, Fred Conrad, told his client suffered a broken orbital bone in her face and other injuries.

“By and large, most of my officers that I deal with at the Tallahassee Police Department and the Sheriff’s Office are all professional and good cops, folks that I would feel very comfortable with in the event that I needed them as a citizen,” said Conrad. “This was disturbing. I could not believe that I saw that happening in Tallahassee, Florida.”

Conrad said he intends to seek compensation for West, according to the report.

West was charged with DUI and several counts of battery on a police officer. 

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