WPR News
8:27 am
Wed October 3, 2007

Trooper Pays Up in Excessive Force Matter

Laramie, WY – A Wyoming Highway Patrol trooper will pay 15-thousand dollars to a Platte County man who accused the trooper of using excessive force during an arrest in 2005.

U.S. District Court Judge Alan Johnson issued the order that made final the payment from trooper Justin Minard to Layne Weber.

Minard pulled over Weber on suspicion of driving under the influence in November 2005.

During the subsequent arrest, Minard handcuffed Weber, put him on the ground and used pepper spray.

Weber was charged with felony assault of a peace officer, but the Platte County Circuit Court dismissed that charge.

Weber sued Minard and other Wyoming Highway Patrol officials for assault and battery, negligence, and violating his Fourth Amendment rights prohibiting excessive force.

He also argued Minard was not adequately supervised.