Florida False Arrest Case May Go to Jury

ATLANTA (AP) - A woman arrested at a Florida hospital emergency
room after racing there in premature labor has cleared another
legal hurdle in a false arrest claim.

A federal appeals court panel Tuesday upheld part of a lower court's ruling, which denied two Jacksonville deputies qualified immunity from Melanie Williams's lawsuit.

Williams, seven-and-half months pregnant and bleeding from the vagina, ran a red light driving herself to St. Vincent's Hospital on Mother's Day 2005. She told the officers who stopped her that she was headed to the emergency room. When one started writing out
a ticket, she sped off.

They followed to the hospital, where one officer wrestled her down and the other applied handcuffs. Williams was admitted to the hospital and later had a healthy baby.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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