Lawsuit Claims CHP Officer Choked Man after DUI Stop
NEWCASTLE -- A lawsuit claims a former Newcastle California Highway Patrol officer used excessive force after pulling a man over on suspicion of driving under the influence. Samuel LaVigne claimes the officer choked him twice while he was in handcuffs in December 2017. "He took both of his hands and put them around my throat and lifted my body up. And slammed my head up against the counter-top that was right there and squeezed and squeezed," LaVigne told investigators in an audio recording obtained by FOX40. "He basically was on top of me telling me I don't (expletive) move unless I'm (expletive) told to."