Settlement reached in lawsuit against Seminole Sheriff's Office

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 03, 2013, 9:07 PM

Two men who filed a $1.5 million lawsuit in federal court against the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office after they said deputies used excessive force on them during a traffic stop have reached a settlement.

On May 19, 2012, Seminole County deputies Christopher Clutter and Erik Ducharme conducted a traffic stop on Robert Wilds and Channing Byrd for a seatbelt violation on U.S Highway 17-92 in Sanford.

In their lawsuit, Wilds and Byrd said the deputies pointed their guns at them, used profanity and Clutter tased Wilds without warning.

According to the lawsuit, another deputy, Paul Pratt, came to the scene, and dragged Byrd out of the car.

One of the patrol cars dashcam video captured the incident and the charges against Wilds and Byrd were later dropped.

Last October, Seminole County Sheriff Donald Eslinger fired deputies Clutter and Ducharme following an internal investigation.

The Modarres Law Firm, who represented Wilds and Byrd, said a six figure settlement was reached.

The Seminole County Sheriff's Office said the settlement was paid by a fund administered by the Florida Sheriff's Association.