Sober driver arrested for DUI when deputy blows through stop sign, hits her

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

MILWAUKEE, Wis. – Officials said a 25-year-old woman was arrested for drunk driving after an officer ignored a stop sign and hit her.

WITI reported the woman was seriously injured in the accident and wasn’t able to take a breath test or field sobriety test.

So the officer arrested her for drunk driving anyway.

Tanya Weyker said those charges were held over her head for nearly a year after blood tests proved she was sober.

Milwaukee County Deputy Joseph Quiles was working the night shift at the airport in February 2013.

Officials said he pulled out into the street and t-boned a passing car, sending it spinning into a tree.

Weyker was behind the wheel.

Her neck was broken in four places.

As emergency crews were working on her injuries, officers started questioning her.

“One asked if I had anything to drink that night,” Weyker told WITI, “And I told them a few sips from a friend’s drink.”

In his official report, the deputy made a note that Weyker’s speech was slurred, she had a light odor of alcohol, and her eyes were red and glassy.

Tanya Weyker suffered a broken neck in the crash, but was arrested for drunk driving. Courtesy: Tanya Weyker, WITI

Tanya Weyker suffered a broken neck in the crash, but was arrested for drunk driving.
Courtesy: Tanya Weyker, WITI

Officers arrested Weyker and initially accused her of five charges, including drunk driving causing injury.

The deputies report stated he stopped at the sign and then pulled out into the street.

However, a surveillance camera showed his car rolling through the stop sign without stopping.

According to WITI, that didn’t stop the county from sending threatening letters saying it would take legal action if Weyker didn’t pay for the damages.

Months later, tests results showed Weyker was sober during the accident.

But the was not dropped and she still faced charges.

Prosecutors didn’t drop charges until the deputy gave statements contradicting his original story another five months later.

MORE: Get more details on this story and this case from WITI


  • Carl Mayo

    another example of obama’s militarization of the police.
    “probable cause” is being phased out, replaced by, “i just didn’t like the way he talked to me”

  • Mosquito

    It was Bush who championed the Patriot Act. But the overwhelming majority of citizens cheered it at the time. However, Obama has vastly expanded it. He claimed to be against it, and campaigned on a promise to eliminate it, but he has not backed off one iota from ANY part of it.

    Those who would trade freedom for security deserve neither, and will lose both.

  • brittany white

    no I don’t feel like we can trust the police any more and its because of stuff like this. maybe there is one or two good cops out there, but id rather take my chances and run for help in a crowded mall than try to flag down an officer. I have gotten to the point where I cant trust them to do the right thing.

  • SovereignMary

    As the saying goes, “One bad apple can spoil the whole bushel.” But, in this case it seems as if the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Department is full of rotten apples when they covered-up the fact that the video clearly proved that Deputy Quiles blew the stop sign and caused horrific physical damage to Ms. Weyker that could have killed the young woman.
    I truly hope that Tanya Weyker’s attorney does file a civil lawsuit against the county and full out succeeds in winning huge monetary damages for all that the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Department has put this young woman through.
    Not only that but, …. Deputy Quiles should be fired from the department for his egregious and costly lies.

    • Ricky Ross

      Heck, in the city of Milwaukee alone, 93 police officers – ranking from street cop to captain – have been disciplined for violating the laws and ordinances they were sworn to uphold, a Journal Sentinel investigation found.

      Their offenses range from sexual assault and domestic violence to drunken driving and shoplifting, according to internal affairs records. All still work for the Police Department, where they have the authority to make arrests, testify in court and patrol neighborhoods.

      Officers who run afoul of the law often aren’t fired or prosecuted, the newspaper found.

      Consider …

      At least six officers disciplined by the department for illegal behavior suffered no legal consequences whatsoever. One was Reginald Hampton, accused of sexually assaulting two women he met on duty. Another was Mark Kapusta, suspended after a woman said he pointed a gun at her head during a drunken road-rage incident. Neither officer was charged or ticketed.

      Twenty-three officers got breaks from prosecutors that allowed them to avoid being convicted of serious charges – or any charges at all – as long as they didn’t commit more crimes and followed prosecutors’ instructions. One was Patrick Fuhrman, originally charged with a felony for a beating that sent his wife to the hospital and, according to a witness, left blood in every room of their house. A conviction on that charge could have gotten him fired from the department, banned from carrying a gun for life and imprisoned for 3½ years. Instead, he ended up with two tickets for disorderly conduct.

      Nine of the 93 officers were convicted of crimes. Some even spent time behind bars. Yet when their criminal cases were concluded, they went back to their careers with the Milwaukee police. At least one, John P. Corbett, was a police Sergeant by day and an inmate by night. Convicted of driving drunk with a child in the car, Corbett did his job at the police station while on work release from jail. His 13-year-old daughter told authorities Corbett took the wheel after she got lost driving back from a tavern.

      The Police Department, district attorney’s office and Fire and Police Commission share responsibility for keeping officers in line.

      All three fall EXTREMELY short!

  • Ricky Ross

    The primary difference between cops and everyone else is that cops ASKED for the power to dominate and boss others around. These aren’t saints or rocket scientists. They are just people, and not usually very bright people, or very kind people … as the statistics show.

    They weren’t chosen to wear the badge due to their great virtue and courage; they APPLIED for the position! They were just normal people, and then they ASKED to be put in a position of “power” and “authority,” which should, by default, make you trust them a lot LESS than the average guy on the street. Yeah, in THEORY there is some screening process to keep the real nastiest one’s from being given badges. But that theory is now about as valid as the flat earth theory, given how many fascists have been caught terrorizing, assaulting and MURDERING harmless people … and getting away with it.

    So next time you see someone with a badge and uniform, don’t think, “Gee, an agent of law and order!” Because that’s B.S. … Instead, think, “Gee, someone who ASKED to be allowed to DOMINATE and CONTROL others!” Because that’s the reality of the situation.”

  • chris

    Wrongful arrest/ false imprisonment, defamation, harassment, oh and great bodily injury caused by the deputies irresponsible actions. She should go after them for a couple million in damages.

  • Terri Bashaw

    not only should charges against the young lady be dropped but this officer should be fired and then charged with obstruction.
    forget about Obama, he’s incompetent. get over it.

  • Dik4

    This happened in FEB 2013…why is this news now? Not to mention that 6 months is hardly “nearly a year”.

  • Paul l

    This is why dash cams should be in all patrol cars and should be functioning before they hit the road. The camera does not lie. People lie.

  • Jeremy

    Whomever wrote this article should have had someone do a spelling and grammar check. Feel free to hire me if you would like.

  • Jean Dulaney

    We all know there is corruption in SOME police departments… because–last I heard–they are human beings and prone to sin just like everyone else out there. For the most part, I believe the majority are of “good report”. Even so-called “men of the cloth” do egregious things on occasion. Always beware of the foxes in sheep’s clothes.

  • Countrynewsman

    The officer clearly should lose his job and face criminal charges. One more thing, that’s terrible that the wasn’t dropped…whatever the is.

  • John Decker

    Its horrific that related stories about the accidental death of a teenager fall under the head of “You May Like”.

Comments are closed.

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.