An optometrist from Waterbury, Connecticut has notified the town that he seeks monetary damages from the Watertown, Connecticut Police Department after being wrongfully arrested on charges of driving under the influence.

According to the attorney for Albert Germaine, he was arrested on February 6 by officer Jared D’Andrea on charges of DUI after allegedly failing a sobriety test.

According to documents filed with the town, after the arrest, D’Andrea administered a breathalyzer test on Germaine, showing his blood-alcohol level to be 0.00 percent. Germaine was also required to provide a urine sample, which later confirmed his blood-alcohol level to be 0.00 percent.

According to Police Chief John Gavallas, Germaine was originally stopped for speeding. He said that he reviewed the police report and believes D’Andrea acted appropriately and had ample probable cause.


According to Germaine’s attorney, he suffered "extreme emotional distress" and the arrest causes damage to his reputation.

Germaine seeks unspecified damages for lost revenue and attorney’s fees.
Bob Battle
100% of my practice is devoted to serious traffic defense and criminal litigation in state and federal courts
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