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Iowa City, Coralville pay $390,000 to man wrongly accused of OWI

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Iowa City and Coralville are settling with a man who was wrongly accused of driving under the influence in 2017 and held for three months in jail without evidence.

Anthony Watson of Coralville sued for negligence resulting in personal injury, false arrest, false imprisonment, intentional infliction of emotional distress and malicious prosecution, according to a petition filed in 2019. Coralville and Iowa City will split the $390,000 settlement, with each paying $195,000. The two arresting officers, included in the civil lawsuit, were former Iowa City Officer Travis Graves and former Coralville Officer Jeff Reinhard.

According to the lawsuit, Watson’s arrest caused him to not get the medical care he needed for a brain injury and he lost his apartment and job while in jail. Watson had a seizure while in custody and wasn’t immediately taken to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Watson was eventually admitted and treated for damage from the disease that affects the brain, known as encephalopathy.

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