By Nicole Montesano • Staff Writer • 

Woman sues for false arrest

Sarah Patterson filed a tort claim notice in 2012. She also filed a claim for damage with City County Insurance, which denied it.

Last week, she followed up with a lawsuit. In it, she says:

She was arrested by McMinnville police on Jan. 30, 2012, on charges of possession of a controlled substance and third-degree theft. She was arrested again on March 17 on a domestic violence charge.

She posted bail March 17. Three days later, she appeared before Circuit Judge Ronald Stone.

She maintains VanArsdel asked Stone to issue an arrest warrant for her, but Stone refused, noting she had posted bail.

Later that same day, she maintains, “VanArsdel, alone, or, in the alternative, with a Deputy District Attorney Doe, petitioned successfully Judge (Cal) Tichenor, who was unfamiliar with the case, to sign an arrest warrant without disclosing that Judge Stone had earlier denied an arrest warrant and Patterson had bailed out.”

On March 30, her suit alleges, “McMinnville police served the warrant and arrested and incarcerated Ms. Patterson,” despite her protests that Stone had refused to issue one.

After two days in jail, it says, “Deputy (Nicole) Rickles informed Ms. Patterson that after two days of effort, she had contacted Mr. VanArsdel, who confirmed that Patterson had bailed out, and the warrant was defective, and Ms. Patterson should not have been arrested.”

The suit continues, “The release documents reflected release on April 1, 2012, due to ‘Bail Posted Previously.’”

She is seeking damages in an amount to be determined at trial.

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