Sheriff's Department Sued for Tying Up Tourist, Allegedly Pepper Spraying Him to Death
According to My Fox Tampa Bay, Christie was arrested for disorderly intoxication during his trip back in March 2009. When his wife, Joyce, back in Ohio at the time, found out about the arrest she asked the Sheriff's department to take Christie to a hospital so he could be given his medication. Instead, he was taken to jail and placed in a restraint chair.
Officers used pepper spray to subdue Christie ten times over a 48-hour period. At one point he was stripped naked, tied to a chair, gagged with a spit mask, and pepper sprayed.
In the investigation, a deputy trainee on the scene told investigators that Christie plead with deputies to take off the spit mask because he couldn't breath.
|Christie's Mug Shot|
However, the Christie family is now suiting the Lee County Sheriff's Office. That case should go to court next year.
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