A man who lost his leg after he says Georgia State Patrol troopers beat him when he fled during a traffic stop last year filed an excessive force lawsuit this week.
The case of Ignacio Vargas stems from a June 2014 stop where police suspected him of DUI, according to Channel 2 Action News. After Vargas left a bar off Roswell Road, troopers pulled him over and he fled. When the four troopers caught him in a nearby wooded area 45 minutes later, they tased him and Vargas claims they stomped his leg so brutally that doctors had to amputate the leg.
His attorney Craig Jones, with The Orlando Firm in Decatur, said Vargas is suing, in part, to help cover his extensive medical bills that exceed $750,000.
“I think this is a guy who was drunk not playing with a full deck at the time. He was outnumbered four to one. They had him on the ground, they were Tasing him. It really wasn’t necessary to stomp the hell out of his legs. This kid deserved to go to jail, to lose his license, but he didn’t deserve to lose his leg,” Jones told Channel 2.