6/2/2005Australia: First Roadside Drug Test Victim to Sue
Innocent motorist John De Jong is suing the Australian government for defamation after police claimed he was the first motorist caught by roadside drug tests.
John De Jong is suing the Victoria, Australia government for defamation in light of a December 13 incident where police paraded him before the media as the first person caught by roadside drug testing.
De Jong was pulled over in a random stop where a new saliva test indicated he was under the influence of amphetamines. Victoria Police arranged for a media blitz to trumpet the success of their mobile drug testing bus. Subsequent laboratory testing proved De Jong, who has a clean driving record, was not on drugs at the time of his arrest.
De Jong is seeking an apology from the police who have so far admitted no wrong-doing.
[De Jong] said police told him his face would not be shown on television by media who police had invited to observe the testing.Source: Accused drug-driver to sue (Courier-Mail (Australia), 6/1/2005)
"I believed them, so basically I've just walked straight out into the media," he said. "I went home to my family at the end of the day believing them not to know. They already knew before I had a chance to tell them. It was pretty upsetting."
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