Man tased 3 times by off-duty HPD officer files lawsuit

Fifty-year-old William Driver is a man with a changed view on law enforcement officers after an experience that would challenge anyone's beliefs.

Driver says, "I don't want this to happen to anybody else and I don't know if we will ever stop it or not."

It was back in 2013 when Driver, a vice president for an oil company, says he was a guest in a tent at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.  He says an off-duty Houston police officer was clearing people out of a certain area when he encountered that officer and they exchanged words. Driver says the officer then pushed him in the back.

"The next thing I know they come into the group where I'm at," says Driver. "I started feeling myself to get tased."

Several people caught the incident on camera. You can hear some of the bystanders on tape screaming at the officer that Driver didn't do anything wrong.  Despite witnesses saying that  Driver was tased three different times and charged with assaulting a police officer and jailed.  He spent three-and-a-half years in the system with a felony charge.

Just this month, the Harris County District Attorney's Office dropped the charge citing a lack of evidence.  That's after Driver spent just under $40,000 in legal fees defending himself. 

Jeff McShan with the DA's office says they didn't dismiss the case sooner because Driver's attorney appealed his original indictment. 

In the meantime, Driver's attorney says after being tased three times by the officer near his brain stem he's been left with permanent medical issues.

Now, the oil company exec is trying to put his life back together after an encounter he will never forget with a police officer.

HPD declined to comment on the case because Driver has filed a civil lawsuit against the officer and the department.

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