Woman Claims She Was Groped by Cop Who Responded to Car Accident: 'Don't Touch Me!'
A Utah woman is suing the city of Layton after she says she was wrongfully arrested for DUI and groped by a responding officer.
In July, Amanda Houghton was rear-ended by another driver while stopped at a traffic light. She called police, and within minutes of the officer's arrival, she claims she went from accident victim to groped perp.
She told Inside Edition: "I felt shocked that anybody was touching me like that."
Houghton looked to be disoriented when showed up, but she says it was due to the shock of the accident. Police insisted that she take a field sobriety test to see if she was intoxicated.
They told her to walk a straight line and she did a balance test. The next thing she knew she was in handcuffs.
When her husband, Matt, arrived at the scene he was warned to "stay back.” That's when the male officer started searching her. Houghton says she was inappropriately touched.
In police dashcam video of the incident, she can be heard saying: "Stop! Don't touch me!"
The cop replied: "I can search you and that's what I’m doing."
"I want my husband here, don’t f***ing grope me,” she said.
The cop responded: “I'm not groping you. Look, there's a little camera right over there."
Her husband told Inside Edition: "I was angry, because I knew she was shaken up and I thought she was not acting right, she needed to seek medical attention."
She was taken to Layton police headquarters where a blood test was administered. It came back negative. Yet she was still charged her with driving under the influence, as well as resisting arrest.
"When she jumps back you call that resisting arrest? You don’t treat people like that, especially an accident victim,” her husband told Inside Edition.
Inside Edition showed the video to retired Los Angeles Police Sgt. Cheryl Dorsey. One thing that struck her were the clothes Houghton wore — just a tank top and shorts on a day when the temperature reached 100 degrees.
"I don’t see anything that would cause the officer to do a search on this woman based on the clothes she was wearing,” Sgt. Dorsey said.
The retired sergeant said the officer's technique as he examined her chest was standard procedure, but he could have waited for a female officer to do it.
“He should be thinking, 'how would I want a male officer to treat my wife or my daughter,'" Dorsey said.
The police department stands by the officer, saying he followed appropriate procedures and acted appropriately.