Cops Forced Me to Listen to Limbaugh: Suit

Texan arrested after car broke down
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Oct 10, 2011 8:20 AM CDT
Boyd had to listen to this man as she headed to jail.   (AP Photo/Las Vegas News Bureau, Brian Jones)

(Newser) – First she got a ticket, then she was arrested, and as a sheriff's deputy drove her to prison, she claims she was subjected to Rush Limbaugh's "derogatory comments about black people" on the radio. All this and more prompted a Texas woman to sue the deputy and the county for a laundry list of items, including false imprisonment, assault and battery, defamation, and intentional infliction of emotional distress, the Houston Chronicle reports.

After Bridgett Nickerson Boyd's car started smoking on Oct. 4, 2010, she pulled over to the shoulder. Deputy Mark Goad pulled up behind her; she thought he planned to help her—instead, he gave her a ticket for driving on the shoulder. According to the suit, he arrested her after she protested the ticket. When her heart started racing, she was taken to the hospital, but Goad was waiting when she got out—as was Limbaugh, she says. All charges have now been dropped, but Boyd is suing over her treatment. Goad "was aware that Boyd had not committed a crime and her arrest was without probable cause," the lawsuit says.

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