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Wrongly Accused, Haskell, New Jersey Man Sues Police Over Damage to Car

The police don't always get it right. Exhibit A is a recent drug bust that found no drugs but caused $12,000 worth of damage to a 2004 BMW.

During a routine traffic stop, Haskell, New Jersey, resident Darren Richardson was defensive and uncooperative, according to police. Richardson also has a criminal record and served two years in prison on drug charge. Police said that they arrested Richardson and impounded his car because they smelled what they thought was marijuana.

Police conducted a thorough search, employing drug-sniffing police dogs, but found nothing. In addition, police called in DEA experts to search the interior to find hidden drug storage compartments. Neither the dogs nor the DEA agents found any drugs.

Richardson's insurance company estimated the damage to be more than he had paid for the car. The vehicle was determined to be a total loss, and both Richardson and his insurance company may sue the police department to recover their losses.

Source: Business Insider, "New Jersey Drug Bust Yields No Drugs, Just $12,000 In Damage To BMW", by Travis Okulski, Dec. 29, 2011.

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