View Full Version : Truck driver suing for allegedly being jailed without charges for 17 days

11-15-2013, 09:00 PM
SALT LAKE CITY An Arizona man has filed a federal lawsuit against Box Elder County, saying he was held behind bars for 17 days without access to an attorney and without any charges filed against him.

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.