Former trooper indicted for kicking subdued trucker in the head

| 7/22/2008

A federal grand jury has indicted a former South Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper for kicking a dump truck driver in the head after a high-speed chase in May 2006.

Former South Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper John B. Sawyer was indicted on a federal rights violation.

The indictment alleges that on May 28, 2006, Sawyer unnecessarily struck and repeatedly kicked Sergio Caridi, who was driving a dump truck and who was suspected of reckless driving on U.S. 301.

According to court documents, a Latta, SC, police officer tried to stop Caridi on Interstate 95. Several other officers joined the chase, and dash-mounted cameras later showed officers tried shooting at the truck to get Caridi to stop.

Caridi’s truck caught fire, forcing him to stop. Caridi obeyed orders to lay on the ground and was restrained by officers before Sawyer “kicked Caridi in the head several times and as Caridi was being lifted from the ground by officers, Lance Corporal Sawyer struck him again in the head area,” as reported by