Pennsylvania man ‘mistakenly arrested and injected with drugs’

Pennsylvania man 'mistakenly arrested and injected with drugs'

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A man who was arrested and allegedly injected with drugs used to treat anxiety disorders in a case of mistaken identity has launched a lawsuit.

Eugene Wright, 63, from Meadville, Pennsylvania, says he was injected with anti-psychotic and anxiety drugs.

A man with the same name had allegedly been making threats at a doctors’ office on the day of the incident.

Meadville’s city manager declined to comment on the case to the BBC.

Mr Wright, who says he repeatedly stated that he was not the man the officers were looking for, is suing for false imprisonment, negligence, intentional infliction of emotional distress, assault, battery, civil rights violation and invasion of privacy.

The lawsuit says no-one checked his identity to make sure they had the right person in custody.

The alleged mistake was only uncovered when Mr Wright’s daughter arrived at the hospital, stating that her father had been at work at the time of the medical centre incident.

The lawsuit says Mr Wright received apologies from the police officers involved and from hospital staff, who presented Mr Wright with vouchers by way of apology.

A spokeswoman for the medical centre where Mr Wright was held told the local Meadville Tribune newspaper that it was aware of the case, but did not have any comment.

The BBC also approached the centre for comment but the spokeswoman was unavailable.

Andy Walker, the city manager of Meadville in western Pennsylvania, told the BBC he was aware of a letter in November about a possible lawsuit but no formal notification had been received by the city.

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