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Judge tosses suit claiming excessive force in Utah traffic stop

FILE "“ A judge has dismissed a federal lawsuit filed by a Utah woman who says a state trooper ripped her from her car during an early morning stop on a dark side street.
FILE "“ A judge has dismissed a federal lawsuit filed by a Utah woman who says a state trooper ripped her from her car during an early morning stop on a dark side street.
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SALT LAKE CITY — A judge has dismissed a federal lawsuit filed by a Utah woman who says a state trooper ripped her from her car during an early morning stop on a dark side street.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Brooke Wells said in the ruling that trooper Owen Horne didn't use excessive force in removing the woman after she refused to leave on her own.

Kara Lynn Castaldo said she was injured and sought at least $100,000 in damages. She said she didn't get out because she was nervous about exiting without a clear explanation as she drove home from her bartending job in 2015.

The Utah Highway Patrol had said Horne smelled of alcohol after pulling her over for a broken tail light and had to check for intoxication.

Castaldo's lawyer, Robert Sykes, couldn't immediately be reached for comment.