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Man sues after forced catheterization

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A Lawrenceburg man has filed a suit against a police officer and others because he says he was given a catheter against his will to get a urine sample.

Jamie N. Lockard was stopped in March 2009 in Lawrenceburg by police officer Brian Miller for allegedly failing to stop at a stop sign. Miller suspected Lockard had been drinking and gave him a portable breath test, which read 0.07 percent. A search warrant was granted allowing Miller to get a blood and urine sample from Lockard.

His blood was drawn at Dearborn County Hospital, but Lockard was unable to provide the urine sample, according to the suit. As a result, Dr. Ronald C. Cheek authorized a forced catheterization. The blood sample showed Lockard was under the legal limit for operating a motor vehicle. He was charged with obstruction of justice as a Class D felony for refusing to consent or cooperate with the catheterization.

In his suit, Jamie N. Lockard v. The City of Lawrenceburg, Ind., Brian Miller in his individual capacity, Dearborn County Hospital, and Ronald C. Cheek, M.D., No. 4:09-CV-113, filed Monday in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, New Albany Division, Lockard claims he suffered extreme pain and humiliation as a result of the unlawful actions of the defendants. He says his Eight Amendment rights were violated because he was subjected to cruel and unusual punishment and to torts of battery, false imprisonment, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and invasion of privacy.

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