A Los Angeles man and woman who claim they were arrested while on their way to dinner and then held without bail have filed a federal lawsuit against the Glendale Police Department.
David Thompson Boyd, 51, and Patricia Marie Hale, 52, claimed in a U.S. District Court lawsuit filed March 5 that they were stopped on their way to dinner on Aug. 31, 2012, in Glendale for unknown reasons, searched without probable cause, arrested and then denied bail.
The pair are representing themselves.
“It went from simply going to have dinner to all of a sudden being Bonnie and Clyde,” Boyd said, adding that he wants to know why the traffic stop escalated to an arrest.
City Atty. Mike Garcia declined to comment on the case, saying the city has yet to be served with the lawsuit.
But police booking records show Boyd was arrested that day on suspicion of identity theft, forging a public seal, falsification of car registration and carrying a loaded weapon in a vehicle on a public street. Hale was arrested on suspicion of identity theft, according to the booking reports.
Hale was not charged in connection with the arrest, but Boyd faces nine counts of identity theft, one count of carrying a firearm in a vehicle and carrying a loaded firearm in public, according to Los Angeles County Superior Court records.
Boyd and Hale, who are friends, alleged they were pulled over about 8:15 p.m. on Brand Boulevard after the officer said he had “never seen [license] plates like those before,” according to the lawsuit.
Boyd and Hale claim the officer failed to identify a probable cause for stopping and detaining them.
Glendale police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said the officer stopped the couple because Boyd’s Mercedes had an invalid license plate.
The officer asked if Boyd had a gun and asked to search his car’s trunk, where officers discovered a loaded magazine for a .45 caliber handgun, he added.
Boyd claims in the lawsuit that he is a registered gun owner.