Berkeley Sheriff's Office settles arrest lawsuit
MARTISNBURG, W.Va. -- The Berkeley County Sheriff's Department has paid $50,000 to settle a wrongful arrest lawsuit.
Lisa Lynn Bennett sued the sheriff's office after she was arrested in January 2012 and charged with unauthorized use of a vehicle. The lawsuit said Bennett didn't commit the crime.
The lawsuit alleged that a deputy was negligent in his investigation and swore out a criminal complaint, which was erroneous.
As part of the settlement, the sheriff's office agreed to testify in support of expunging the charge and to send a letter of apology to Bennett.
Sheriff Kenneth Lemaster tells The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown, Md., that Bennett's arrest was regrettable and shouldn't have occurred.