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UHP officers and Sheriff’s deputy named in lawsuit

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Three Utah Highway Patrol officers and a Salt Lake County sheriff's deputy have been named in a civil suit by Tyler Tweed, who alleges that the UHP troopers stood by while the deputy beat Tweed while removing him from his vehicle following an accident.

Tweed contends in the civil suit filed in 3rd District Court that on July 8, 2000, he was in an accident and experienced a seizure that rendered him incapacitated.

The UHP troopers, Shauna Mackey, Michelle McLaughlin and Bruce Provost, responded to the accident scene, according to court documents. Mackey called for emergency medical support while Tweed "continued to passively sit in his vehicle," court documents state.

The suit said that Sgt. Chris Bertram of the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office "unreasonably and unnecessarily proceeded to remove Tweed from his vehicle" and "brutally beat and battered Tweed, inflicting serious injuries to Tweed's legs, arms, torso and head."

Tweed is asking for compensatory and punitive damages, special damages including medical and counseling expenses, lost wages and traveling expenses, and attorney's fees.

Sheriff's and highway patrol officials said they could not comment on pending litigation.