Fremont County authorities say a sheriff's deputy used excessive force in arresting the wife of the Florence police chief after an altercation at a bar in March.
Deputy Carl Dryer was suspended without pay for two weeks and will be on probation for six months. Documents released yesterday to the Gazette newspaper said prosecutors found no criminal wrongdoing on Dryer's part. Sheriff Jim Beicker said he takes complaints about officers seriously.
Forty-one-year-old Regina Ingle was arrested in Penrose after bar staff called the sheriff's office to report a fight. Ingle wasn't involved in the fight but allegedly struggled with officers as they escorted her out of the bar. A blood test determined she was intoxicated.
Ingle, the wife of Florence Police Chief Mike Ingle, broke bones in her face and lost consciousness. She later pleaded guilty to resisting arrest and third-degree assault and received an 18-month deferred sentence, 48 hours of community service and an order to undergo an alcohol evaluation. Her attorney has filed an intent-to-sue letter with the county.
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