On September 2nd, 2011, 58-year-old truck driver Olegs Kozacenko was driving on Interstate 80 when he was pulled over by Officer Andrew P. Murrill of the California Highway Police.
Murrill issued the driver a ticket for being over on his HOS, though tKozacenko said he was not. The driver said he wanted to review the ticket before signing it.
The situation escalated and Murrill decided to make a “forcible arrest,” NBC Bay Area reported.
Murrill and his partner, Officer Jim Sherman, claim that 165-lb Kozacenko was “actively resisting” and “exhibiting extraordinary strength.”
In the end, Kozacenko suffered “life-threatening injuries including a crushed left orbital eye socket, multiple facial fractures, a broken left arm, a concussion, unconsciousness and possible neurological damage.”
A court later dismissed all the charges against the driver, including resisting arrest and Officer Murrill admitted he was confused about HOS regulations and that he was not a trained CMV enforcement specialist.
Kozacenko has filed a civil suit against the officer and the highway patrol.
Police State USA