Skip to comments.Officer at heart of multimillion dollar lawsuit resigns
Posted on 05/04/2010 3:42:15 AM PDT by Cardhu
A Bakersfield police officer who handcuffed and detained a local neonatal surgeon moments after the doctor suffered a massive stroke has left the police department after she was investigated for making a false crime report in a separate case.
The revelation could have implications for a multimillion dollar lawsuit against several taxpayer-funded agencies filed after the 2007 incident -- during which hospital care for Dr. Mohamad Harb was apparently delayed for more than an hour.
Former BPD Officer Claudia Payne no longer works for the police department, Sgt. Mary DeGeare confirmed Friday.
"Officer Payne resigned on March 1, 2010," DeGeare said. She cited "personnel issues" in saying she could not comment on the circumstances of Payne's departure.
Payne could not be reached for comment Friday.
Investigation reports obtained by The Californian indicate Payne contacted the Sheriff's Department in January 2006 to report that a horse she was caring for as a favor to a friend had been stolen. The case was dropped until late last year when the owner of the American quarterhorse gelding found her horse in the possession of a third party.
Payne later admitted to selling the horse, valued by its owner at $6,500. She also admitted to lying to investigators when she reported the horse had been stolen.
The case was submitted to the Kern County District Attorney's office in January. But on Feb. 1, prosecutors rejected the complaint request because the statute of limitations had lapsed
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The first of two Hall ambulances arrived.
According to an incident report filed by Hall Ambulance Emergency Medical Technician Brian Dumont, Harb's vital signs and blood sugar were found to be normal.
Police told Dumont that Harb was given two alcohol breath tests, both of which registered zero.
But then the system may have broken down.
"(Police) chose to cancel ambulance transport," the Hall report states...
Loss of bowel/urine, nausea, vomiting disorientation................brain distress either mechanical or chemical. Mechanical would be the accident itself, or the stroke. Or Chemical, via drugs, food poisoning, poisoning, toxins...
Lying officer and hack ambulance crew.
Things began to change when a nurse who had worked with Harb all day drove by and saw the doctor sitting on the curb with his hands cuffed behind his back. In a witness statement, Registered Nurse Mehgan Coffey said Harb was still wearing a surgical scrub top and tan slacks. One shoe was off and lying in the gutter.
Also, I believe the ambulance crew was not at fault as her lying report did not tell the full story.
Yeah, I read that. She might of chased off the ambulance crew, but they have a duty to stay, regardless of the police order.
Resigned? She ought to be behind bars for grand theft horse.
There, fixed it.
They should have used the Cincinnati Prehospital Stroke Scale to assess the patient.