Police Abuse

Cop T-Bones Passing Car, Driver Charged With DUI After Being Honest


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Milwaukee Sheriff's Office

Last February Joseph Quilles, a deputy sheriff with the Milwaukee Sheriff's Department, T-boned 25-year-old Tanya Weyker's car while he was turning at a stop sign, breaking her neck.  

Cops who arrived at the scene started questioning Weyker about whether she had been drinking (she admitted to having a couple of sips from a friend's drink earlier in the day) and whether she was on prescription pills (she admitted being prescribed Vicodin after having her wisdom teeth pulled out but said she hadn't taken any in a week).

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Tanya Weykler

The injuries precluded Weyker from blowing a breathalyzer or taking a field sobriety test. One deputy said he could smell alcohol and that her speech was slurred and her eyes were red. Weyker explained she was crying. Results from a blood test came back less than a month after the crash and showed Weyker to have been sober. A few months later a drug test came back clean as well. Nevertheless it took nearly a year for prosecutors to decline to press charges, while the county spent the time sending letters to Weyker pressuring her to pay for the damage caused in the accident, for which the county blamed her.

Cops may have kept trying to pin the accident on Weyker despite the overwhelming evidence she was completely sober during the crash were it not for a video. But it didn't come from the dashcam. Fox 6 in Milwaukee explains:

In his official report, Deputy Quiles wrote that he stopped at the stop sign and looked both ways before pulling out. He told a Milwaukee police officer that he never saw any headlights, even though Weyker's Camry had lights that come on automatically.

"I knew I was innocent this whole time," Weyker declared.

The truth might never have surfaced were it not for video from a nearby airport surveillance camera. It shows what investigators say is Deputy Quiles' squad car traveling west on Hutsteiner Avenue, then continuing onto Howell without making a complete stop, as Quiles claimed in his report. The Sheriff's Office knew about the video just two days after the crash. But no one told Weyker.

After being informed that this video existed, Quilles admitted to internal affairs investigators that his original report was wrong and that he rolled through the stop sign. He was suspended for nine days for the traffic violations but has actually not returned to work since. He's maxed out injury pay and is seeking permanent disability from his injuries in the crash. Weyker, meanwhile, is still waiting for the county to pay her medical bills, which could pass $1 million. Wisconsin state law caps claims against government to $250,000, and Quilles reportedly eventually admitted fault in the crash. Weyker is also suing the deputy who arrested her.

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  1. See, if I roll through a stop and cause an injury accident, I’m getting charged, and probably not with a misdemeanor.

    So where’s the charge against this cop?

    Can an ordinary peasant get disability payments for injuries that they suffered while committing a crime? I doubt it, but this lying goon is going to get an early retirement for something mere peasants would go to jail for.

    1. He was on duty at the time. There are never charges for what cops do while on duty. They might get charged for shit they pull while off duty, but it’s pretty much impossible for them to be charged for something they did while on the clock.

      1. And the pig is filing for medical retirement for “injuries” suffered at the time of the accident. Despite the fact that he was treated on scene and released.

    2. Dude, he got 9 days off! 9 days off! What do you want, some sort of draconian punishment for this hero?! He’s probably traumatized for life, because for 9 days, the world was not safe! Why do you hate the children?

      1. draconian – talk about a word that has lost all complete meaning. Whenever I hear draconian cuts I know that somebody got 1% shaved off of their projected spending increases.

        1. somebody got 1% shaved off of their projected spending increases

          Women and children hit the hardest.

        2. And the cuts were likely to a government agency, slightly lowering their ability to apply draconian policy.

      2. The bootlickers at Police One are no doubt standing up for their warrior brother.

        1. I’m sure they would, but a search for Quilles or Weyker turns up nothing. Shhhhhhhocking.

  2. fuck that fat piece of shit and the govt thugs who hid the video.

    1. No, there’s more than enough fault to go *all* the way around;

      The thugs that hid the video…

      The morons who arguably intimidated the victim and can’t tell a sober person in distress from someone who’s inebriated…

      The asshole pencil pushers trying to collect on the damages without legal basis for fault…

      etc. etc.

      If there needs to be compensation or restitution for the penalization/reprimands. They should feel free to wrap it up and hang all of it around Quilles’ neck.

      1. You forgot the most important group: the “good” cops who’s lack of outrage at this incident proves there are no “good” cops.

        1. Yep.

        2. Just 99% of cops give the other 1% a bad name.

        3. totally agree.

      2. He rolled a stop. The punishment should be getting taken to the hospital and having an anal probe and 5 enemas.

      3. The assholes who passed legislature capping claims against the gov’t at $250k?

  3. Did Joseph Quilles get home safely that night? It’s all that matters.

    1. He didn’t, which is why this vile bitch deserves everything that happened to her. How dare she prevent this working class hero from completing his tour. He deserves a medal, not a suspension.

    2. Well, I’m glad to see that there is at least one voice of sanity around this asylum. The crazed anarchists here would have our shining heroes be held to the same level of accountability as the plebes. Insanity!

  4. This reminds me of a very sad incident that occurred in Ohio circa 1999.

    A trio of elderly women were in a car. They either rolled trhough a stop sign or started out without looking. Their car was T-Boned and destroyed by a truck carrying a full load. The women were killed instantly.

    The truck driver was terribly despondent and blaming himself for the accident, even though every witness on record was adamant that he had no chance to stop or avoid them and that he had done nothing wrong.

    The pastor at the driver’s church arranged to have relatives of the women go to a service, where they publicly and personally told the driver that they forgave him and they knew their mothers/aunts would not have wanted him to suffer. Apparently it made a big difference.

    It’s an interesting contrast to the animals-in-human-skin that persecuted Miss Weyker.

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        1. You can’t stop their love!

          1. I’m pretty sure SF actually does have the ability to stop most people’s love.

            Potentially permanently.

            1. NutraSweet isn’t that deadly. He may smell terrible, but it won’t kill you.

            2. SugarFree’s prose is practically a WMD.

              1. Yes, it really and truly is! His prose needs one of those HazMat warning sign thingies you see on semis.

            3. I am the Boner Slayer, the slayer of boners.

        2. Says the one who is currently penning what can only be described homeric opus to another commenter.

          1. What Warty and I have can never be understood by small-minded folk such as yourself.

            1. when you gaze long into an abyss the abyss also gazes into you.

  5. The police department. You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.

    1. +1 day after May the 4th

      1. Are you referring to Cinco de Cuatro?

        1. The 5th of 4th?

        2. A Spanish-speaking Borg?

  6. Wisconsin state law caps claims against government to $250,000

    Of course it does.

    1. I don’t understand how this is legal. Florida’s is even stranger. The State is the underwriter of other entities, who are capped at $100k. After that the Legislature must draft and approve a relief bill for the difference in settlement/jury awards.

      1. It’s legal because the government has a monopoly on force and justice. If they tell you that it’s capped, you know what? Fuck you that’s why. What are you going to do?

        1. Oh, I get it. I mean, how the fuck did people ever let them get away with that shit?

          1. The same way you eat an elephant: one bit at a time. This didn’t happen overnight.

            1. bit = bite

      2. Sovereign immunity. You can only sue the state because they have explicitly allowed it.

    2. Sovereign immunity, dude. Under that doctrine, the State could set the cap at $0. With, potentially, an exception for civil rights violations.

  7. “If you haven’t done anything wrong, you have nothing to worry about” v. who knows?

  8. Sounds like justification for a little extra-judicial rectification.

  9. Wisconsin state law caps claims against government to $250,000

    Sounds legit.

    1. Does that also apply to the personal lawsuit against the valiant hero? Or will she own his house eventually?

    2. 11th Amendment says hi.

  10. What really gets me about cases like this is that it doesn’t fucking matter if she had been drinking. She could have been plastered off her ass and high as a kite and the accident is still the cop’s fault.

    Everything from the initial arrest to harassing her even after they knew she was innocent is just unconscionable. What a bunch of monsters.

    1. She could have been plastered off her ass and high as a kite and the accident is still the cop’s fault.

      Nope. If someone in an accident has been drinking, then the accident is considered to be alcohol related and the drinker is one hundred percent at fault. Doesn’t matter if the accident was caused by someone drag racing through town at a hundred miles an hour. If the person they hit has been drinking, then they get all the blame.

      1. Exactly. If someone has been drinking and they are stopped at a red light, and are rear-ended, they are at fault and it’s an “alcohol related accident.”

        1. Hell, if someone has been drinking and is walking home, and a speeder jumps the curb and runs him down on the sidewalk, it’s an “alcohol-related accident.”

    2. What amazes me is that this doesn’t happen more often. Maybe it does. But these fucks can blatantly lie about this stuff and get away with it. Why wouldn’t they? It’s like the officers who get awards from MADD for the most DUI arrests and then turn out to be lying and framing people. Of course this is going to happen. Because they can.

      1. It happens all the time. Especially because people accused of DUI don’t get public pretenders. If they don’t have five grand sitting around for an attorney, they’re as good as guilty. If they can afford an attorney, there’s a very good chance the prosecution will just fold rather than try the case.
        Guilt or innocence in a DUI case is determined by how much money the accused has in the bank.

    3. No, thanks to hysterical mobs of soccer moms, like MADD, it’s now automatically your fault if you’ve been drinking, no matter how much it’s the other person’s fault. That’s why they jumped on the ‘she was drankin!’ routine. Not sure why they bothered, cops get away with murder every day, why should this be any different?

    4. Well, at least these cops didn’t plan to railroad her in the full view of the dashcam…

  11. The thing that is genuinely offensive here is that, even after what he did to this woman, he was charged with traffic violations and damaging county property. Yeah, falsely accusing the victim of your bad behavior? No problem. But, heaven forefend you damage county property.

    1. Now you’re properly seeing what really matters to them.

  12. Did I read right?

    “He’s maxed out injury pay and is seeking permanent disability from his injuries in the crash.”

    The son of a bitch caused the accident and he’s seeking permanent disability?

    What a bunch of…bah.

    1. Better yet, he seek permenant disability payments ‘despite the fact that reports written at the time of the crash indicate Deputy Quiles suffered only minor injuries and was “treated and released” at Froedtert Hospital.’

    2. Hey, he’s just keepin’ his mind on his money, and his money on his mind.

  13. So what happened a year later that revealed the existence of the video?

  14. Here’s an apologist:
    fred mertz

    May 2, 2014 at 9:31 am

    Not siding with Quiles at all but the deputy that arrested her did his job. This was an injury crash that requires investigation. Weyker stated she drank alcohol from a friend’s drink prior to operating a motor vehicle. She also admitted she utilizes a prescription narcotic. Based on those statements alone, the investigating deputy was correct in this procedure to determine the levels of these substances in her system which both, by themselves, cause impairment. Mixed together, will definitely impair one’s ability to operate anything. As an officer, he cannot determine those levels until the results come back from the labs. Upon finding there was insufficient levels to cause impairment, the case should be found improbable to try and charges dropped. The reason for the delays falls on the DA’s office which is ridiculous in this county to begin with? Suing the deputy whom arrested her for doing his job as part of this investigation is even more ludicrous. F’n lawyers? Good luck Weyker, and with all your negativity toward law-enforcement, I hope you never really need them? I’m sure they will just come running to help you?

    1. Don’t be mean to the authoritah figure, they might not authoritah you in the future!

    2. Fred’s always been like this. It was Ethel who wanted to break the rules and was willing to go along with Lucy’s schemes.

    3. I’m sure they will just come running to help you?

      Yeah, running at breakneck speed! Get it?!?

      1. Oh, snap.

        It is a telling bit of sarcasm nonetheless.

    4. “With all your negativity toward law enforcement”

      Could you do me a favor, Mertz? Could you fuck yourself with a rusty dildo? Thanks, I appreciate it.

      1. Mertz can fuck himself in the head with a running chain saw…

      2. Hopefully Quislings will be first up against the wall when the revolution comes.

    5. Not siding with Quiles at all but the deputy that arrested her did his job.

      Yes, we know, his job is protecting the state and his brotherly band of thugs.

      1. Not siding with Quiles at all…

        but the rest of my post is going to consist of blaming the victim and exonerating Quiles’ accomplices.

      2. the deputy that arrested her did his job.

        Its his job to arrest the victims of accidents when there is no evidence they are at fault?

    6. This was an injury crash that requires investigation.

      Indeed. Apparently, thouigh, only of the victim, and not the person who acually ran into her.

      1. Correct. But her only fault in all of this is telling the officer anything about her condition prior to this accident. 1 beer is not enough to intoxicate someone, and taking a prescription vicodin a week before would not cause her to be under the influence at the time of the accident.

        If shitbag Quilles wants permanent disability, he’s better earn it via a massive beatdown by the victim’s family… broken back, neck, ribs, and as many bones as possible without killing him. Oh, and brain damage as well. He should have to get around on a motorized wheelchair for the rest of his life and have to have someone wipe the drool off of his chin every few minutes in order for him to deserve disability from this.

        1. Why would that make him deserve disability?

        2. The only reason to arrest her was if they assumed she was lying about the drinking and/or vicodin. By that reasoning, you can just arrest every victim of a car accident, just in case they didn’t tell you they were drunk or on drugs.

          1. Don’t give them ideas.

        3. Not in ANY way defending the dickbag cop here but she did fuck up the golden rule of talking with cops: don’t talk with cops.

          Again, she didn’t deserve what happened to her but you have to keep your yapper shut if a cop starts asking you questions. No good lawyer would advise you otherwise.

    7. with all your negativity toward law-enforcement, I hope you never really need them? I’m sure they will just come running to help you?

      So, this person realizes that the police are spiteful little shits who would fail to do their job if they don’t like a person’s attitude toward law-enforcement, yet still supports them like this. Amazing. What the fuck is wrong with people?

    8. Boy, they really gave it to Clown Fred though. Good on them.

    9. This one’s better

      May 2, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    10. Yeah, I’m sure after all this, she’ll be callin the cops a lot in the future. And, why, if he’s just one bad cop- should she expect to get anything but stellar civil servant service, if she does call? Because all you fat fucks stick together, you lie for each other, you cheat for each other and you have zero regard for the people of the civilian community. I cannot wait until people start killing cops because they’re afraid the cops are going to kill them. War is here, America, on our soil and it’s going to get a whole lot uglier if things keep going the way they are.

  15. So, here’s a question-why is there no news service that will go to police departments/prosecutors around the country and ask police officials and D.A.s why the officers aren’t being criminally charged for wrong-doing?

    I mean, I get that local news won’t in order to keep access (is that even still a thing?), but something on a national scale would presumably work.

    Just flat out ask why charges aren’t being brought against officers who falsify/lie, assault, arrest under false pretenses, etc. Contrast it with questions like, “Wouldn’t a civilian be charged for doing the same thing? Why is the burden less for the officers?” Try to get officials on the record with any kind of answer. If they don’t, play up the fact that they were unwilling to answer.

    1. Why not? That’s easy. Fear of retaliation.

      1. For a national-level news outlet? I’m not saying it’s not correct, but…well, do most journalists fear retaliation from police? Plus, it seems likely that retaliation would be easy to spot and broadcast.

        Don’t get me wrong-I’m not intentionally being obtuse with this. And, of course, there are the more confrontational people like Cop Watch that will kinda-sorta do what I’m talking about. But, I doubt they’d get anywhere based on their style.

        Maybe a FOIA project across the nation that looks at all known reports like this one and compiles the data for what the outcome is on each involved officer…let other people ask the questions in an open setting (like HnR)…

        1. Retaliation doesn’t have to be overt. It can be subtle.

          1. True dat. If I might, what do you believe would be the retaliation?

            1. I could only speculate, but I’ve had enough experience with cops running me out of town that I know they can make your life miserable if they so choose.

              1. I would be interested to hear about those experiences one day.

                1. Nothing interesting to hear.

            2. Unions. Sure is a nice studio you got there, shame if there were a picket line in front of it.

    2. Just flat out ask why charges aren’t being brought against officers who falsify/lie, assault, arrest under false pretenses, etc.

      Because being in the Political Class means that you’re part of a family. And you stay loyal to your family. Even when your family lies, assaults, falsely imprisons, and breaks laws that peasants would be thrown into prison for, you back them to the hilt.

      Never go against The Family.

      1. I’d believe this with some players, but not all.

        But, yeah, the proof of the pudding is in the tasting. If it was realistic to expect it, I think it would have happened by now.

        1. I’d believe this with some players, but not all.

          I used to believe that, but I don’t anymore.

          How many times do you hear about cops turning a blind eye or jumping in when their buddies are using excessive force? Too many times to count.

          How many times do you hear about cops restraining other cops when they use excessive force? Yeah.

          1. Well, to clarify, I was referring to the press, not other officers exposing the shit.

            That, I do not expect.

    3. The linked video from the local news did personally go out, on camera, to shame the cop.

      But yeah, that’s chump change compared to what they should be doing.

      1. I hadn’t watched until you posted that. I agree there should be more, but my original post was coming from an idea of reporters talking to high-ups and including the obvious questions of why not charge the officer, etc.

    4. In addition to what other people said, police departments are really good at giving non-answers when convenient. “Procedures were followed”, “ongoing investigation”, “privacy concerns”, shit like that.

  16. You know what I don’t see? Any indication that the cop was tested for drugs or alcohol. Which is totally routine for any peasant involved in an injury accident. Not saying it didn’t happen, but I sure don’t see it.

    1. Excellent point. Businesses that deal have vehicles (and are smart enough) usually do mandatory drug screens after accidents. I think this is especially true with train companies.

      1. I heard that driving a train high on cocaine is a good idea.

        1. You better watch you speed!

    2. Membership has its privileges.

  17. “I knew I was innocent this whole time,” Weyker declared.

    That’ so cute.

    No one is innocent.

  18. How did she get her car to go sideways that fast?

    Pretty impressive.

  19. Ok, so lets say the cops story is true. Lets say that he stopped at the stop sign and she didnt. Lets say that this caused him to hit her.

    We can already tell that this is nonsense. If he stopped, that would have been a very low speed collision that wouldnt have caused the massive damage to the side of her car. Even if she was going fast, it wouldnt have factored in to the damage on her car from his.

    1. True. Also, it doesn’t say whether she had a stop sign. If not, the cop was responsible for the accident whether he stopped at the stop sign or not.
      If I t-bone a passing car that is proceeding legally, it doesn’t matter whether I stopped at a stop sign or not.

      1. He lied and said she didn’t have her headlights on.

  20. Good for her. She should sue their arses off big time. The police are increasingly believing they are above the laws they are hired to enforce against the rest of us.

  21. Mistakes were made.

  22. Another example of people in government, using the law to benefit themselves, rather than do their job.

    Unfortunately, we’re seeing more and more people in government, using the force of government and their inside knowledge of its administration, to benefit themselves as a class, at the expense of everyone else. And in many times, it’s criminal injustice, committed by people in the government, as in this case. The cop should be prosecuted and put in jail a long time for what he did.

  23. Everything from the initial arrest to harassing her even after they knew she was innocent is just unconscionable.

  24. Her freakin neck was broken! can you imagine laying there, hurt and upset, and then having some fat ass pig trying to cover his considerable ass, at the scene? Notice there is zero remorse for his part; in not only hurting her, but then trying to blame her, get her to pay for this shit, and lying about EVERYTHING….Way to go big boy! Enjoy your disability! And may Karma come a knockin very soon!

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