- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 16, 2014

A man who was forced to undergo invasive surgeries during a drug search by police has reached a court settlement with New Mexico authorities for $1.6 million.

David Eckert was pulled over Jan. 2 for failing to pull to a complete stop at a traffic sign. When police suspected he was carrying drugs in his anus, he was taken to two different hospitals and charged for the visits, which included a colonoscopy, the Daily Caller reported.

“He feels relieved that this part is over and believes this litigation might make sure this doesn’t happen to anyone else,” said his lawyer, Shannon Kennedy.

Mr. Eckert has also sued, but not yet reached a settlement with, Gila Regional Medical Center, according to the Daily Caller.

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