A $12 million lawsuit filed by a Manassas woman who claimed her leg was injured by a Manassas police officer who was attempting to illegally arrest her has been settled out of court for what one of her attorneys described as "a six-figure lump sum" and an annuity of unspecified value.
Esther Dodson, 38, a former domestic, will be paid by an insurance company representing the city of Manassas and Officer Steven Neeley, said Quentin Corrie, a lawyer with the firm of Anderson & Quinn.
The agreement was reached Nov. 1, less than a week before trial was set to begin in U.S. District Court in Alexandria. "She's extremely pleased with the settlement, and feels vindicated," Corrie said of Dodson.
The altercation that led to the lawsuit occurred in November 1989, when Neeley went to Dodson's home to cite her for allowing her dog to run at large, Corrie said. The officer asked Dodson for her Social Security number and her date of birth. When she did not provide the information, Neeley tried to place her under arrest, throwing her to the ground and injuring her knee, Corrie said.
Manassas City Attorney Bob Bendall could not be reached for comment on the settlement.