4
| Arpaio |

Guadalupe Man Wants $750,000 After Being Run Over by Deputy; Family Members Claim Deputy Also Attacked Them

^
Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Phoenix and help keep the future of New Times free.

 

A Guadalupe man claims a deputy who pulled him over for a burned-out brake light ran over him, then assaulted his family as he lay trapped and screaming beneath a squad car. 

These hair-raising details are found in a notice of claim filed last week against Maricopa County, Sheriff Joe Arpaio and one of his deputies, James Carey.

Armando Luis Nido wants $750,000 for his well-documented pain and suffering, plus the civil rights violation. His mother and two brothers are asking for $25,000 each.

It's the latest bad news for the sheriff, who was slammed with an $8 million lawsuit by jail guards and more damning news about the Sheriff's Command Association.

 

The claim, stamped August 6 by the clerk of the court's office, was written by Robert Ramirez of Miranda, Ramirez and Associates, a Phoenix law firm.

The ugly affair, as Ramirez tells it, unfolded on February 10, 2009 after Carey tried to pull over Nido.

The Guadalupe man was wanting none of it that night -- he claims to have been previously arrested, illegally jailed for three days and "nearly deported" by the sheriff's office, which provides police services for the tiny Valley town. He's a legal resident of the United States, says the claim. Instead of stopping right away, Nido drove home -- never exceeding the speed limit and stopping at all stop signs, writes Ramirez.

Once in front of his residence, he got out of the car... and was promptly run over by Carey's vehicle. Nido was trapped on the right side of the patrol car, the claims says. Here's a sample:

 

Nido's brother took two pictures of the incident and was allegedly "attacked" by Carey:

 

 

 

The claim goes on to detail Nido's injuries, which included severe road rash (he needed a skin graft on his butt), plus fractures of his ribs, pelvis and tailbone. The sheriff's office version of events might differ dramatically from Nido's, but it'll be hard to argue with the medical reports Nido racked up.

If we had to bet at this first blush, we'd put our money on the guy with the screws and skin grafts.

UPDATE: October 6, 2010 -- Nido wins $600,000 in settlement with the county.

Keep Phoenix New Times Free... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Phoenix with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.