Man files complaint against Guthrie Police for false arrest
GUTHRIE, Okla. — An official complaint was filed against the Guthrie Police Department. One man said he was wrongfully arrested by an officer who has an vendetta against him.
“It was a complete abuse of authority,” said Kyle White. “He made an emotional decision and had me arrested for no reason.”
It all started at the Mumford and Sons concert. White said there was confusion over which way to leave the event and he and police Lieutenant Mark Brunning got into an argument.
“He said my name personally. He says ‘Kyle, then points his finger and says arrest this guy.’ So a couple officers came around me, cuffed me and put me on a golf cart and took me to jail,” White claims.
He was fingerprinted and spent the entire night in a cell. NewsChannel 4 obtained exclusive video of those hours.
“I’ve never been inside a jail cell and had to sit there for eight hours. It was pretty nerve racking,” said White.
He later found out he was being arrested for public intoxication.
“The officers never administered any field sobriety test and as far as we know there’s no report that indicates that he was in fact intoxicated,” said White’s attorney Eric Cotton. “They had a personal history and unfortunately I think that’s what came into play here.”
That history includes the fact that the lieutenant is married to White’s ex wife. White said there have been other issues too.
“He has followed our company trucks multiple times in his police vehicle and his unmarked Tahoe. He has contacted other officers about following our trucks,” said White.
He said, after his overnight stint in the slammer, “I didn’t get a citation, I got a sheet of paper that says I have to go to court.”
Days later White received a letter from the Guthrie City attorney stating the citation against him was dismissed but no one would say why or admit the arrest was illegal.
NewsChannel 4 tried to get answers about the arrest too.
We reached out to Police Chief Damon Devereaux, the city attorney Randel Shadid and the city manager Sereniah Breland.
We were told they could not comment on a personnel issue. We also reached out to the lieutenant himself – but received no response.
Cotton filed a complaint against the officer and the department demanding $125,000 compensation for his client’s rights being violated.
“You just can’t go around arresting people throwing them in jail for no reason just because you think you have that authority. I mean he’s not God,” said White.
The one thing city officials did say was the lieutenant has been placed on administrative leave pending the results of an investigation. There is a disciplinary hearing scheduled for Friday.