CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A Ranson, W.Va., man filed suit against the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department Thursday, alleging his civil rights were violated by three deputies during a May 14, 1997, traffic stop.
Winstead L. Viands, who is seeking $225,000, alleges in the suit filed in Jefferson County Circuit Court that one of the deputies kicked him in the back after the traffic stop.
Following a car chase, Viands stopped his car and got out without being asked, the suit says.
Viands alleges in the suit that he was handcuffed and sprayed with pepper spray.
Deputy Mark Roby forced Viands onto a gravel surface and stepped on his face, and Deputy William Parker kicked Viands in the back, according to allegations contained in the suit.
Deputy Bobby Shirley witnessed the incident but did not intervene, according to the suit filed by Martinsburg attorney Keith L. Wheaton.