After a driver was pulled over and arrested for drunk driving in Ohio on May 25, 2013 a sleeping passenger would apparently have it worse.
According to The Columbus Dispatch article, "Man Sues, says Fayette County deputy blinded him with Taser"...
A Hamilton County man has filed a federal lawsuit against the Fayette County sheriff and a deputy, as well as a State Highway Patrol trooper alleging excessive use of force after he was shot in the eye with a Taser.
Matthew David Kelly, 24, of Harrison, sued on April 2 in U.S. District Court in Cincinnati, alleging near total loss of vision in his right eye after he was shot twice by Deputy Clinton Sines. He asked for compensatory damages of $5 million on each of four counts. Kelly was asleep in the passenger seat while his friend, Justin Runck, drove south on I-71 west of Washington Courthouse just before 4 a.m. on May 25, 2013.
As Kelly slept, Runck was pulled over and arrested for drunken driving by Trooper Bryan Cook. After securing Runck, Cook then tried to wake Kelly. He reached through the open driver’s side door and across the seat, calling, “Hey partner. Hey,” and then shaking him.
Kelly, according to the complaint, was “startled and flailed his arms over his head.”
Fayette County Deputy Clinton Sines, who had stopped to assist, then ran to the passenger side of the truck and, with his Taser drawn, opened the door and shouted, “Sheriff’s office, show us your hands. I know you’re asleep, now get out,” as he grabbed the back of Kelly’s sweatshirt and began to try to pull him out of the truck.
Sines gave a couple of hard tugs, apparently unaware that the wordless and apparently confused Kelly was being held in place by his seat belt. “I’ll tase you,” Sines told Kelly as he continued to yank Kelly from the truck. When Sines’ grip slipped, Kelly rose and Sines fired his Taser. The Taser prong struck Kelly in the right eye.
According to the Matthew David Kelly v Clinton Sines et al Lawsuit (Paragraph 17) it becomes even more cruel and unusual.
Sines told Mr. Kelly to "Get on the ground, get on the ground, now, get on the ground, I'll do it again, get on the ground." While his taser prong was embedded in Mr. Kelly's eye, Sines activated his Taser for a second time, sending a second surge of high-voltage electricity into Mr. Kelly's eye.
And of course, this could have all been avoided had the police officers taken a moment to reduce their vigor, while hopefully not drunk themselves, and noticed that Kelly had a seat-belt prohibiting him from free movement before the first tasering that apparently struck his eye in the first place.
See the video: "Almost Blinded After Cops Shoot Taser in his Eye".