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Annissa Colson v. City of Alcoa, Tennessee, et al.
Case Number: 3:16-cv-00377
Judge: Charles E. Atchley, Jr.
Court: United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee (Knox County)
Defendant's Attorney: Benjamin K Lauderback, Brian Robert Bibb
Description: Knoxville, Tennessee personal injury lawyer represented Plaintiff who sued Defendants on civil rights violation theories.
Alcoa Officers arrested an obviously inebriated Colson following a report that, while driving her SUV, she chased her 10-year-old son in a field and then crashed in a ditch, and transported her to a hospital. Colson then withdrew her consent. to a blood draw. Colson defied repeated orders to get back into the cruiser. During the struggle, an officer's knee touched Colson’s knee, followed by an audible “pop.” Colson started screaming “my fucking knee” but continued to resist. Once Colson was in the cruiser, officers called a supervisor, then took Colson to the jail where a nurse would perform the blood draw. Colson never asked for medical care. At the jail, Colson exited the vehicle and walked inside, with no indication that she was injured. As she was frisked, Colson fell to the ground and said “my fucking knee.” Jail nurse Russell asked Colson to perform various motions with the injured leg and compared Colson’s knees, commented “I don’t see no swelling,” and then left. A week later, Colson was diagnosed with a torn ACL, a strained LCL, and a small avulsion fracture of the fibular head. Colson pleaded guilty to resisting arrest, reckless endangerment, and DUI. Colson sued; only a claim for failure to provide medical care for her knee injury survived. The Sixth Circuit held that the officers were entitled to qualified immunity on that claim.
Outcome: STIPULATION of Dismissal case by James L Berrong(in his official capacity Sheriff of Blount County, Tennessee), Blount County, Tennessee, Mandy England(in her official capacity as Corrections Officer of the Blount County Sheriff's Department). (Prince, Gary) (Entered: 02/03/2023)