Friday, October 25, 2013

Lawsuit: Idaho Family Held at Gunpoint Due to Bungled Paperwork at Car Dealership

Posted By on Fri, Oct 25, 2013 at 11:49 AM

An incident that began with a car needing repairs but ended with a swarm of law enforcement pointing their weapons at a family attending a Kootenai County Bible study group last June has triggered a lawsuit against the car dealer.

The bizarre story is chronicled in this morning's Coeur d'Alene Press which reports that it all began when Casey Bryntesen brought his vehicle, which needed repairs, into Camp BMW, a dealership in Spokane, Wash., on May 16. The dealership needed to order parts from out of the country so the dealership provided Brynstensen with a loaner vehicle.

But according to court documents, an employee of the dealership failed to account for the loaner vehicle, triggering a tracking system to be activated in the vehicle.

And on June 19, as Bryntesen, his wife and two children pulled into the driveway of a home where a Bible study was being held. That's where, according to the suit, deputies from the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office arrived on the scene and drew their weapons on on Bryntesen. According to the suit, when Bryntesen tried to explain that the car was a loaner from the car dealership he was told to shut up, ordered to his knees and handcuffed as even more law enforcement arrived on the scene. According to the suit, Bryntesen's 11-year old son was ordered out of the vehicle as "another deputy pointed an assault rifle at his son, peered through his scope, and held his finger on the trigger." Meanwhile, Bryntesen's wife was also handcuffed, according to the complaint.

Ultimately, the vehicle was impounded, the Bryntesens were released but were "left stranded," according to the complaint.

Dylan Jackson, a Seattle-based attorney who is representing Camp Automotive and Lithia Motors in the civil suit, told the Press that the incident was the result of "an unfortunate clerical error" but added that "they (his clients) didn't point the guns at the Bryntesens."

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