He claims he was jailed all because another driver told a trooper that he had swerved on the freeway.
Robert Kuchcinski filed the complaint in U.S. District Court Friday against Box Elder County, the Box Elder County Jail and the Box Elder County Sheriff’s Office alleging violations of his constitutional rights and state laws, and false imprisonment.
According to the complaint, Kuchcinski was stopped on June 16, 2012, while driving an “18-wheel tractor-trailer combination” on I-15 near Tremonton when he reached across the vehicle’s cab to retrieve an item.
The action caused the man’s vehicle to drift once, but he quickly corrected himself and returned to his lane, the lawsuit states. Five to 10 minutes later, Kuchcinski said he was stopped by a Utah Highway Patrol trooper responding to a call from another motorist who had seen the vehicle drift and worried that its driver was impaired.
The trooper cited Kuchcinski for failure to stay in one lane based on the testimony of the witness, who was there for the traffic stop. The trooper also asked that the man take a breathalyzer test.
“(Kuchcinski) complied; (the trooper) read the results and muttered something to the effect of, ‘Well, that can’t be right,’” the lawsuit states.