Independence Police Officer Sued Over Traffic Crash

INDEPENDENCE, Iowa (AP) — An Independence police officer who had an expired driver's license when his cruiser hit a woman's car is being sued.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports the city hired a Waterloo lawyer to defend Officer David Winger.

Winger is being sued by Charity Weinschenk. She says Winger was negligent when his cruiser crashed into her Jeep in July 2011.

Weinschenk says Winger didn't have his lights or sirens on but he ran a red light.

Councilman Dennis Vaughn says the city will defend Winger in the lawsuit, but Vaughn says he thinks Winger clearly screwed up and got caught in this situation.

In the past, Winger has been involved in controversy. More than 100 people demanded his resignation in 2008, but the city attorney cleared him of any wrongdoing.
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