For more than a year, Tanya Weyker has attempted to clear her name after being plowed into by police deputy Joseph Quiles. Even though the accident left the 24-year-old college student with four broken neck bones, the cop blamed the woman for the incident and had her arrested for drunk driving.
In a related report by The Inquisitr, Weyker explained why the cop claimed she was not sober when driving. The official police report claimed Weyker's speech was slurred, she had a light odor of alcohol, and her eyes were red and glassy. But the woman has a spine fused with steel rods as the result of a childhood cancer treatment and the accident left her so badly injured that she was unable to complete a breathalyzer test.
Even so, the woman says deputies interrogated her while emergency response treated her wounds:
"One asked if I had anything to drink that night. And I told them a few sips from a friend's drink. I explained to him my eyes were red and glassy because I was crying."
Regardless, the cops charged her with drunk driving. It was not until months later that blood tests results concluded she was sober during the accident. Ironically, the only reason her blood was drawn in the first place was because cops were blaming her for the entire accident. Five months later, prosecutors didn't drop the DUI charges until the deputy gave statements contradicting his original story.
Deputy Quiles had claimed he had stopped at a stop sign before pulling out into the street, but a surveillance video camera proved he rolled right through the stop sign without stopping, which apparently caused the accident. Even then the department kept sending threatening letters demanding the woman pay for the damages to police equipment.
The last time The Inquisitr reported on Weyker's story, she had been suing in order to get her medical costs paid for by the police. She has since created a new federal civil rights lawsuit against Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke and four other deputies she accuses of engaging in a cover-up of the crash.
Deputy Quiles is still an employee of the Milwaukee County Sheriffs Office, although he has not worked since the crash 17 months ago. Doctors say Quiles is now disabled due to the accident and cannot perform his duties as police officer.
Attorney Jon Erickson explained why Clarke was included as a part of the lawsuit in addition to Quiles: "When an officer falsifies and commits perjury the way that this officer has done, it`s the Sheriff`s responsibility to investigate it." Weyker says, "I'm not sure how far up it goes, but we definitely want to find that out."
The medical bills lawsuit is still on-going, although the state of Wisconsin has a cash cap of $250,000. The federal lawsuit seeks unspecified damages, but this type of case does not have a cash cap and the amount would be decided by a jury.
The good news is that Tanya Weyker is back to attending college courses and she is finally off of pain medication. But her neck will forever be fused due to the accident and her mobility is so limited she has difficulty sitting in hard chairs.
In the end, the second biggest casualty in this entire mess is Weyker's faith in the American justice system:
"I didn't expect this to happen at all, especially by the people I trusted most to protect me if I needed them."