NEW ALBANY, Ind. (CN) – A man claims a Lawrenceburg police officer had him forcibly catheterized to obtain a urine sample because the officer suspected him of drunken driving. Jamie Lockard claims he was restrained and catheterized by force on Officer Brian Miller’s orders.
Lockard says Miller pulled him over after he failed to make a complete stop at a four-way intersection. Miller gave him a breathalyzer and Lockard blew a .07, barely within Indiana’s legal limit, according to the federal complaint.
After administering the breath test, Miller obtained a warrant for a blood and urine sample and took Lockard to Dearborn County Hospital, where he willingly offered a blood sample, but was unable to urinate immediately, according to the complaint.
Lockard says Miller ordered hospital workers to restrain him and get a urine sample by force. Lockard says he was held down and a catheter was inserted into his penis.
He says Miller’s warrant did not allow the officer to obtain urine by force.
Lockard claims that all of the test results showed he was not legally intoxicated. Lockard says he was charged with obstruction of justice, a Class D felony, for refusing to cooperate during the illegal catheterization.
Lockard demands damages for constitutional violations, battery, false imprisonment, emotional distress and privacy invasion. He sued Miller, the City of Lawrenceburg, Dearborn County Hospital and Dr. Ronald C. Chee.
Lockard is represented by Douglas Garner of Lawrenceburg.