Texas county to pay $100,000 to assaulted truck driver

By Land Line staff | 6/28/2017

A Texas truck driver is expected to get a $100,000 settlement from the Victoria County commission and the sheriff’s department after he was “tased” during a traffic stop in 2014.
The trucker, Guadalupe Perez, sued the department saying he did not try to evade arrest as claimed by the deputy who pulled him over on a traffic violation.

According to the Victoria Advocate, Perez was driving a tractor-trailer on U.S. Highway 59 in 2014 when he was pulled over by Deputy Daniel Bettes. The deputy arrested Perez for allegedly evading the law. After being released from jail, the driver was treated for injuries at a hospital where he told medical staff he “had been assaulted.”

The deputy was fired after the incident. He was also indicted and pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of mistreating Perez. After the criminal case, Perez sued the Sheriff’s Office and Victoria County.

Land Line Now Reporter Reed Black contributed to this story.

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