A woman is alleging that a highway patrol officer groped her when he searched her without cause in August.
Dash cam footage of the incident has been released and Isaiah Lloyd, a Tennessee Highway Patrol Officer, has been identified as the officer in question.
29-year-old Patricia Aileen Wilson is seeking $100,000 in damages and claims that Lloyd searched her without cause and groped her before then waiting three hours to stop her again.
Wilson alleges that during the first search Lloyd ordered her out of the truck before he put his hands inside her waistband and touched her buttocks and genital area.
Attorney James A. H. Bell, who represented Lloyd during the department’s review, claimed the officer searched her because she had taken an Ambien.
Despite this claim, the dashcam video does not show Ambien being discussed until the search began.
Three hours after the initial stop Lloyd stopped Wilson again close to her home. Wilson believes Lloyd used her driver’s license at the first stop to get her address and then waited on her to return from work.
During this second stop, Wilson alleges he told her: “We have to stop meeting like this,” although Lloyd claims he doesn’t remember saying this.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol Office has released a statement supporting Lloyd, claiming he ‘conducted this traffic stop in a professional manner in an effort to protect the motoring public’.
The office also cleared Lloyd of criminal wrongdoing.
Despite this, the eighth judicial district attorney, Jared Effler, told KnoxNews.com that while he’ll likely be unable to charge Lloyd with a crime his actions were ‘inconsistent with his training’.
He went on to say he was going to drop a seatbelt ticket issued to Patricia Aileen Wilson.
Our review of this matter has been forwarded to Commissioner of Safety and Homeland Security David Purkey, along with a request that the findings of our review be reviewed with Trooper Lloyd to prevent similar incidents in the future.
Attorneys Herbert S. Moncier and Jeffrey Coller are suing Lloyd on Wilson’s behalf in Campbell County Circuit Court. Moncier is specifically asking a judge to declare Lloyd’s search techniques unconstitutional.