By Associated Press - Thursday, November 13, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A woman who was shot in the eye after leading police on a chase while she was drunk is suing northern Utah authorities for excessive force.

Kristine Briggs Johnson announced the lawsuit Thursday with her attorney, Robert Sykes. She acknowledged that she made a mistake in driving impaired and failing to pull over for police. But, she says the Morgan County Sheriff’s deputy didn’t need to shoot her. She is blind in her left eye.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports ( ) Peter Stirba, attorney for Morgan County, says the officer’s actions were justified. He said Johnson’s blood-alcohol level was nearly four times the legal driving limit, putting people at risk while she drove.

Davis County Attorney Troy Rawlings ruled the shooting unjustified, but prosecutors did not file charges against the officer.


Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune,

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