Jury Awards $78,000 In Suit Against Sedwick Co. Deputy

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) A Sedgwick County jury found a sheriff's
deputy used excessive force against a woman arrested on suspicion
of drunken driving.

The jury yesterday awarded Julia Desmarteau about $78,000 in her
lawsuit claiming Sedgwick County Sheriff's Deputy Dan Oliver broke
her elbow and wrist in an alcohol breath testing room at the jail
after arresting her in 2004.

An attorney representing the Sheriff's Office said he was
disappointed with the verdict. Desmarteau said she still has limited motion in her shoulder
from the injuries.

Desmarteau had sought $354,000 in her lawsuit against Sheriff
Gary Steed. But jurors found Oliver didn't intentionally hurt Desmarteau.


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