- Associated Press - Thursday, February 6, 2014

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - A state trooper who was ejected from Autzen Stadium, then placed on leave and banned from the University of for 18 months, has filed notice of his intent to sue the school and city of Eugene.

Trooper Marc Boyd was never charged but remains on leave for a state review.

In the notice of intent to sue, Boyd says he wants to be reimbursed for his loss of potential earnings and future advancement, the Eugene Register-Guard reported (https://bit.ly/1dqykrt ).

Other spectators identified him as a man throwing popcorn at other people in the stands during the Oct. 19 football game between Oregon and Washington State.

But, says his lawyer, Sean Riddell, “We believe this is a case of mistaken identity.”

Boyd, 48, works as a fish and wildlife officer in the Springfield office. He has appealed the university’s trespass order, saying it means he can’t accompany his son to practices on campus or visit his daughter, a university student.

Eugene and UO police typically oust dozens of rowdy spectators from the stadium during football games. The majority of those ejections involve intoxicated people.

In Boyd’s case, Eugene police officer Jed McGuire wrote in a report that the off-duty trooper smelled of alcohol and admitted to having consumed “a few” beers before he was handcuffed by McGuire and two other officers.

McGuire’s report says he approached Boyd after speaking with three other spectators who said Boyd had provoked an altercation. Two of them said the instigator wore a blue hat, but Boyd’s tort claim notice says he wore a bright yellow hat during the game.

One witness told police that the man McGuire identified as Boyd had thrown popcorn at other spectators while verbally harassing them.

Another man in the stands - who wore clothes and a hat adorned with plastic marijuana leaves - said Boyd had demanded to see his tickets to prove that he was allowed to sit in section 21, McGuire’s report says.

According to the police reports, Boyd’s wife, Casey, told police her husband had been heckled after he saw two spectators smoking marijuana and told them to stop. Boyd, meanwhile, told officers that people in the stands had become hostile when he asked them not to stand in the aisles.

Eugene police spokesman Melinda McLaughlin said department officials cannot comment on the case “because it may result in a court proceeding.”

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Information from: The Register-Guard, https://www.registerguard.com

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