$25,000 Settlement Stems from Injury at Elmhurst Police Station

Homer Glen woman filed complaint after injury during DUI arrest.

The city of Elmhurst will pay a Homer Glen woman a $25,000 settlement after she incurred an injury following an arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol last year.

Linda Wotjas filed a complaint after "an incident occurred" between her and police officer Arthur Ciszewski "that resulted in personal injury to Wotjas," on or about April 29, 2010, according to a settlement agreement Monday.

According to the agreement, the incident occurred while Wotjas was being processed at Elmhurst Police Station for her DUI arrest.

The agreement also states that the city will pay the settlement on behalf of Ciszewski, as they are obligated to indemnify him for liability while he is on the job.

The agreement is not an admission that Ciszewski violated any law.

Wotjas will receive the settlement via her attorneys within seven days of the execution of the agreement.

The Smiths July 19, 2011 at 06:46 PM
Drive drunk in Elmhurst, get arrested, then at processing start an incident, blame the cop put in charge of keeping the peace, threaten to sue the City and get $25k to settle out of court. Only in America!
Dave Noble July 19, 2011 at 07:24 PM
@The Smiths: I missed the part in this story and the court transcript where it said that the person started an incident at the police station. Can you point that out for me? Thanks.
Stewart Levine July 19, 2011 at 10:17 PM
interesting story. i guess its karma, for all the bogus DUI's they have given people over the years.
The Smiths July 20, 2011 at 01:02 PM
My apologies for letting that slip out. I can not divulge my source at the station at this time.
Dave Noble July 20, 2011 at 02:04 PM
@The Smiths: Don't worry, you're secret inside information is safe with me. Thanks for clearing that up.
Mike July 20, 2011 at 02:30 PM
We will probably never obtain all the details on this case. Under the Freedom of Information Act can the city by forced to tell us what "really happen" @ the police station? Inquiring minds want to know .............
Darlene Heslop July 20, 2011 at 03:01 PM
you can look the case up in wheaton after its been filed.
Dave R July 20, 2011 at 03:41 PM
to Noble and Levine... Dave, the arrestee spit on the officer. Stewart, the laws do not give room for "bogus" DUIs. Remember .08 or refusal to provide BAC sample....remember Stewart?
Mike July 20, 2011 at 04:04 PM
Does BAC sample stand for blood alcohol _ _ _ _ _ ? Thanks.
Darlene Heslop July 20, 2011 at 07:31 PM
Darlene Heslop July 20, 2011 at 07:33 PM
though it really should be bal...blood alcohol level... .
Dave Noble July 20, 2011 at 09:57 PM
@Dave R: If it was that simple (spitting on officer), there wouldn't have been a $25k settlement, would there? My point with my first couple comments os that there are two sides to every story. My guess is that the woman DID do something, but that's just a guess. You and The Smiths are purporting that you have inside information. But that info must be incomplete - you two blame it on the woman. Why settle anything if that's all the happened?
Jim Court July 21, 2011 at 08:38 PM
Smiths, I heard someone in your family married someone from a member of the Wesson family. Wesson family has many who have become police officers. Silly me.
The Smiths July 22, 2011 at 04:09 PM
Wrong Smiths but nice try. You're still in the Apartment on West Ave?
Jim Court July 22, 2011 at 04:50 PM
Smiths (If that is even close to your real name) I also get the veiled implication of asking me about where I live. It has no relevancy to the public discussion but is an not so obvious attempt to bully someone. Apparently my silly joke was over your head. Smith & Wesson, which is a gun manufacturer. Since you are so "law and order"
The Smiths July 28, 2011 at 04:35 PM
Readers are encouraged to post comments that are germane to the article. Several failed attempts at humor using another's family name and identification skepticism in various Patch articles makes it personal. In this case an act of contrition is warranted.


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