RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- Washoe County paid a woman $75,000 on Jul. 11, 2013 after she claimed a deputy "manhandled her and used excessive force" during an arrest, according to the Washoe County Board of Commissioners.
Lauren Kettell, 19, was paddleboarding at Lake Tahoe on Jul. 2, 2011, when Deputy Brent Coss approached her and instructed her to wear a life vest, according to Kettell's lawyer, Terri Keysercooper. According to Keysercooper, Kettell and her friends began paddling back toward her grandparents' house where the life vests were located and Coss demanded Kettell get in his boat. Kettell said no, and instead said she would talk to him on the beach.
When Kettell was standing on the beach, Keysercooper says Coss ran at her, grabbed her, threw her down and jumped on top of her. Keysercooper says Coss was on top of her with his knee in her back for almost ten minutes.
Kettell was taken to a hospital and then to Washoe County Detention Center.
She was charged with resisting a public officer, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, and operating a vessel (paddle board) without sufficient personal flotation devices, all misdemeanors. In September of, all charges against her were dismissed, according to Keysercooper.