Police respond to Idaho woman's federal lawsuit - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Police respond to Idaho woman's federal lawsuit

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho. - A North Idaho woman is suing the Coeur d'Alene Police Department in federal court, saying a police officer sexually and physically assaulted her during an arrest.

Natalie Reighard, now 20-years-old, filed the lawsuit on July 16. She claims she was 19 when police officer Jared Reneau arrested her during a traffic stop in August 2008. She also told police she drank half a glass of wine nearly five hours earlier.

In the lawsuit, the woman says she was fondled before and after the arrest.

Her attorney, former Kootenai County Public Defender Larry Purviance, says the teenager's alcohol level was .02 and well below the legal limit.

The drunken driving charge was later amended to inattentive driving and Reighard was placed on probation.

Coeur d'Alene Police Chief Wayne Longo made the following statement regarding the lawsuit, "The Police Department stands behind the actions of Officer Reneau and believe he acted appropriately in the arrest."

A police spokesperson said no further comments will be made from the Police Department in reference to the lawsuit, and city attorney Mike Gridley should be contacted for any further questions regarding the matter.

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