Man sues former UHP trooper

Posted at 10:54 PM, Jul 30, 2013
and last updated 2013-07-31 00:54:25-04

A man with cerebral palsy is suing a former Utah Highway Patrol trooper in federal court for allegedly putting him at risk during a traffic stop in 2010.

Michael Tilt was riding a motorized bicycle in October nearly three years ago when he was pulled over by former Trooper Lisa Steed in the area of 2700 South Main Street.

Tilt was forced to take field sobriety tests, according to court documents. He was incarcerated where he suffered a seizure in jail.

Tilt said the sobriety tests were dangerous and painful and that he was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol when he was stopped.

The lawsuit also states Steed confiscated Tilt’s seizure medications.

"It's one of the more egregious incidents for a couple of reasons -- one because he's on a bicycle, and two, Mike suffers from cerebral palsy and has seizure disorders so his inability to take field sobriety tests has severely impaired, not because of alcohol or anything else, but because of his disability,” said Tilt’s attorney, Jim Bradshaw.