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Schoettle v. Jefferson County

United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit

June 11, 2015

Edward C. Schoettle, Plaintiff - Appellant
v.
Jefferson County; Oliver Glenn Boyer, Sheriff, Jefferson County; Matthew Hudson, Deputy; Aaron Piefer, Deputy, Defendants - Appellees

Submitted: March 11, 2015.

Page 856

Appeal from United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri - St. Louis.

For Edward C. Schoettle, Plaintiff - Appellant, Pro se, Edward C. Schoettle, Saint Louis, MO.

For Edward C. Schoettle, Plaintiff - Appellant: Kevin L. Schriener, Law & Schriener, Saint Louis, MO.

For Jefferson County, Defendant - Appellee: Jacob D. Curtis, William A. Hellmich, King & Krehbiel, Saint Louis, MO.

For Oliver Glenn Boyer, Sheriff, Jefferson County, Defendant - Appellee: Jacob D. Curtis, William A. Hellmich, King & Krehbiel, Saint Louis, MO.

For Matthew Hudson, Deputy, Defendant - Appellee: Jacob D. Curtis, William A. Hellmich, King & Krehbiel, Saint Louis, MO.

For Aaron Piefer, Deputy, Defendant - Appellee: Jacob D. Curtis, William A. Hellmich, King & Krehbiel, Saint Louis, MO.

Before MURPHY and SHEPHERD, Circuit Judges, and BROOKS,[1] District Judge.

OPINION

Page 857

BROOKS, District Judge.

Edward C. Schoettle brought a civil rights lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against Jefferson County, Jefferson County Sheriff Oliver Glenn Boyer, and Deputies Matthew Hudson and Aaron Piefer, alleging inter alia that his constitutional rights were violated during his arrest on November 6, 2010. The district court[2] granted summary judgment for the defendants. Schoettle appeals, and we affirm.

I. Background

Schoettle, an insulin-dependent diabetic, was driving his truck on the evening of November 6, 2010, when he began to feel lightheaded and experienced vision problems. He pulled over to the shoulder of the highway and parked. After eating candy and glucose tablets he either fell asleep or slipped into unconsciousness in the cab of his truck.

Hudson approached Schoettle's truck and observed Schoettle slumping or slouching to the side. Hudson did not notice any alcohol containers or weapons in the truck. After Hudson knocked on the window and attempted to identify himself, Schoettle mumbled that he was eating candy to recover from low blood sugar. Believing Schoettle to be intoxicated, ...


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