NEW ORLEANS, La – A security guard assigned to the New Orleans Superdome allegedly had a less than professional encounter with Louisiana state troopers. On his way home from work one night, two troopers pulled Corey T. Price over and eventually arrested him for intoxication. Price has filed a complaint on the 25th of June in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana claiming false arrest while seeking damages.
The complaint states that “the plaintiff brings this case against defendants pursuant to the Civil Rights Act, 42 U.S.C. 1983, and 1988 as well as the Fourth and 14th amendments to the Constitution of the United States.”
According to Price he completed his night shift at the Superdome on the 23rd of June and stopped at a restaurant for breakfast. On his way home from breakfast he was stopped by state troopers Michael D. Sanders and Ray Martinez while passing through Madisonville.
Price was still carrying his service weapon when he was stopped by the police so the troopers leaned him over the back of the truck to disarm him according to the suit.
Although being arrested for intoxication, the arresting officers noted that Price DID NOT have the smell of alcohol on his breath. The lack of smell did not deter the officers from requiring Price to take a field sobriety test. They threatened him with the loss of his driving privileges. The test came back negative but the troopers still took Price into custody and charged him with driving while intoxicated.
When Price arrived at the police station, he was subjected to more analysis. The results of the tests confirmed that Price did not have a drop of alcohol in his blood. His urine sample came back negative for alcohol and drugs. In layman’s terms, every avenue police used to try and paint the picture of an intoxicated driver to arrest came back false.
According to the Louisiana Record, “trooper Kenneth LaMulle, reputed to be a drug recognition expert, administered a full battery of tests to determine if Price was legally impaired. However, LaMulle allegedly failed to properly administer the tests, and is also named as a defendant in the lawsuit.“
Price ultimately spent a day in jail before being able to post bond. He also had to obtain a drug test of his own and “retain legal counsel” to defend him in court on the intoxication charge. The security claims to have suffered embarrassment, humiliation, and mental anguish. The loss of his job as a result of the actions also weigh deeply on his mind. To add insult to injury he is stuck with a public arrest record for the rest of his life.
Michael P. Ciaccio, Price’s attorney, said that his client is seeking, “punitive damages for these violations of Price’s civil rights and reasonable attorney fees, plus all other relief the court deems just and equitable.”