Truck driver: I was victim of backwoods justice

SALT LAKE CITY — A truck driver who says he was thrown in jail for 17 days after a traffic stop claims a rural Utah county violated his constitutional rights by failing to charge him with a crime or bring him before a judge.

Robert Kuchcinski says he was fired by his trucking company because he was out of action for so long, and he filed a lawsuit filed Friday against Box Elder County.

Kuchcinski was stopped on Interstate-15 almost a year ago for briefly drifting across a lane and arrested on suspicion of drunken driving, but says arrest records prove he was not intoxicated. Instead, he says he had an inner-ear infection.

Kuchcinski says he wasn’t allowed to call an attorney until his 16th day in jail.

Box Elder County Sheriff J. “Lynn” Yeates and the county’s attorney, Stephen Hadfield, didn’t return calls for comment Monday from The Associated Press.


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