‘I’m the boss’: Lawsuit alleges California HP officer choked suspect twice after traffic stop

Samuel J. LaVigne’s lawsuit against the California Highway Patrol officer who pulled him over in December 2017 doesn’t claim there was no reason for the stop.

After taking breath-alcohol tests at the CHP’s Newcastle office, LaVigne expected the results to show he was “significantly above the legal limit,” according to the suit filed last week in federal court in Sacramento.

What LaVigne is suing over is his claim that he was choked for no reason – twice – by the arresting officer, one time in full view of at least three other CHP officers who made no move to intervene, according to the excessive force and battery suit filed by Sacramento attorney Stewart Katz.