Ariz. man seeks $500,000 over dismissed DUI case
By Taylor Higgins . CREATED Jun 10, 2013
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) - A man is seeking $500,000 from an Arizona city for his arrest on a drunken driving charge even though a breath-alcohol test showed he hadn't consumed any alcohol.
Jessie Thornton was cited in a Dec. 7 traffic stop in the Phoenix suburb of Surprise, but the charge was dismissed nearly two months later after a blood test revealed no signs of mind-altering drugs in his body.
Thornton, who is black, filed a $500,000 notice of claim against the city in late April alleging he's the victim of racial profiling by Surprise police.
Messages left at the Surprise Police Department weren't immediately returned Monday.
Police reports say Thornton had blood shot eyes during the stop, while Thornton's attorney says his client's eyes were bloodshot because had just returned from swimming.
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