A Payson man has filed a complaint against the Payson Police Department, town and three police officers claiming officers used excessive force against him late last year.
Brandon Lee Lewis’ lawyer, Michael Harper, filed the civil compliant with the Gila County Superior Court on July 13.
The complaint names officers Justin Deaton, Jessie Davies and Lorenzo Ortiz, the Town of Payson and the police department.
After his arrest, a grand jury indicted Lewis on charges of aggravated assault on an officer, resisting arrest and criminal damage.
The complaint states that after Lewis, 24, drove over a small retaining wall near his apartment complex on Oct. 30, officers started a field sobriety test.
“Apparently upset by a perceived lack of cooperation, and without any reasonable justification, defendants Davies, Ortiz and Deaton took Mr. Lewis to the ground and assaulted him while he lay in the middle of the road,” the complaint states.
The complaint claims Lewis suffered significant injuries from the actions of the officers.
The Roundup requested a copy of the police report, which includes the officers’ accounts of the evening’s event, but had not received it as of press time. The paper will publish a follow-up story when it is released.
Harper said a witness provided an audio recording of the events.
Police Chief Don Engler and Payson Town Attorney Tim Wright said they could not comment on the case because it is an ongoing legal matter.
Lewis has had other brushes with the law, according to court records. In 2006, he was found guilty of disorderly conduct and underage consumption and in 2007, shoplifting and underage consumption.