BELMAR, N.J. — A woman who pounded double-vodka cocktails at 7 a.m. then repeatedly fell off a chair at police headquarters can proceed with a lawsuit against officers who arrested her for drunken driving, an appellate panel has ruled.
The woman, Linda Leone, claims that Patrolman Michael R. Allen and Sgt. Sean R. Pringle failed to exercise reasonable care over her while she was in their custody, and as a result, she suffered a broken hip after repeatedly falling off a chair while waiting to take a breath test.
Leone admitted she had four drinks of vodka and orange juice, each with double shots of liquor, at a nearby bar between 7 and 7:50 a.m. ET April 22, 2010, before getting in her car and ultimately being arrested on suspicion of drunken driving. Leone claimed she was “highly intoxicated" while in police custody, according to court records.