COLUMBUS — A Vermont man who sued the Ohio State Highway Patrol on the claim of excessive force settled the matter for $110,000.
The settlement between Eugene Wrinn Jr. and the state was announced Tuesday. Wrinn was injured in a crash Sept. 16, 2005, on Interstate 75. He lost control of his car while attempting to merge into traffic near the state Route 309 ramp.
Wrinn's car came to a rest facing south in the northbound lanes of I-75. His car was disabled, and a tractor-trailer hit him head-on.
Wrinn suffered a head injury and lost consciousness for a short time. Sgt. Daren Johnson responded to the scene and was assisting at the scene when he told Wrinn to stay in his car.
Wrinn remained disoriented and unable to understand Johnson's instruction. He wandered away from his car, and Johnson tried to stop him from walking away. A struggle ensued, and Johnson struck Wrinn in the back of his head with a flashlight, used a stun gun on him and kicked him. Another trooper also struck Wrinn with a flashlight.
Lima Police Department officers responded to help and delivered 12 knee strikes to Wrinn's abdomen and chest. Wrinn spent five days in the hospital and suffered serious injuries including trauma to his head. His medical bills were more than $30,000.
Wrinn originally filed the claim in U.S. District Court. He accused the agencies of excessive force and false arrest.
The agencies involved conducted their own internal investigations, and all cleared their officers of wrongdoing.