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Attorney releases dash cam video in excessive force suit

By: Ashlei KingNews 4 San AntonioFacebook{}|{}Twitter | EmailA Kerr County woman is suing the Kerrville Police Department for using excessive force after she was pulled over for suspected driving while intoxicated.The incident happened on November 26, 2014. Rache Wood's attorney, Patrick O'Fiel, released police dash camera video of the incident."She was requested to take a field sobriety test," O'Fiel said. "The officer stopped the test. He thought it was a safety concern with her the way she was behaving."O'Fiel said the officer then took Wood, 26, to the police station, so she could take a breathalyzer, but the police realized they did not have an operator on duty. He said the officer then brought his client to the hospital to have her blood drawn, even though she withdrew her consent for the test.In a Kerrville police officer's dash camera video, you can hear Wood say she did not need the officer's help before she got out of his squad car. While the two were walking toward the hospital, Wood started veering off. The officer reached out to grab Wood, then Wood replied "don't touch me" and the officer said "don't twist away."When Wood pulled away from the officer again, the officer pulled her and threw her to the ground."At this point, that's where she hits the concrete," O'Fiel said as he watched the video.Wood hit her face on the ground, breaking her jaw in four places and causing her to lose several teeth."I think there were other, lesser measures that could have been taken to control the situation, rather than using force to take her down to the ground," O'Fiel said.The attorney said after Wood's blood was drawn, she was rushed to a San Antonio hospital for emergency surgery. Wood's attorney said she is asking the officer and the department pay for her medical bills.The Kerrville Police Department said it cannot comment on this pending litigation. The police spokesperson referred News 4 to the city attorney, who did not return our call.

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