TPD officer disciplined for dragging suspect - WFLA News Channel 8

TPD officer disciplined for dragging suspect

Posted: Updated:
This surveillance image shows TPD Officer Scott Van Treese dragging a suspect. This surveillance image shows TPD Officer Scott Van Treese dragging a suspect.
Sonya Mimmenger was arrested by TPD Officer Scott Van Treese. Hillsborough Co. Jail booking photo Sonya Mimmenger was arrested by TPD Officer Scott Van Treese. Hillsborough Co. Jail booking photo
Sonya Mimmenger was arrested for trespassing. Sonya Mimmenger was arrested for trespassing.
TAMPA, FL (WFLA) - Tampa Police have given a written reprimand to an officer who was caught on video dragging a woman in handcuffs across concrete.

The incident happened in October after Sonja Mimmenger was arrested for trespassing.

"He got out and grabbed my arm. I said 'Sir' and grabbed for my cigarette case and he threw me down on the ground and said he was going to hog tie you," said Mimmenger.

Mimmenger was taken to the Hillsborough County jail sally port but refused to stand-up.

"I wouldn't move. I didn't want to go there," said Mimmenger.

"He used bad judgment in that case. I think he thought that he was doing a good job as far as bringing someone to booking," said Major Diane Hobley-Burney.

"He took it upon himself because he wanted to do it independently. He thought it would take quite a bit of time to get someone to assist and that's why I say it was just bad judgment on his part," added Major Hobley-Burney.

Surveillance video shows the officer cut the ties on Mimmenger's legs, then drag her across the sally port to the booking area.

The officer Scott Van Treese has been with TPD since 2008. This is his first disciplinary incident.

Internal Affairs conducted an investigation into the video and determined the officer did not violate policy. Since the incident, additional policy has been added.

"When a officer is confronted with a situation like that again, that officer will be required to call for assistance and have a second officer there to assist in that situation," said Major Hobley-Burney.

After arriving at jail intake during the incident, Mimmenger was turned away and then taken to Tampa General Hospital by the officer. According the internal affairs report, a nurse at TGH said Mimmenger admitted to "faking her injury."

Mimmenger still faces trespassing charges.


  • 8 On Your SideMore>>

  • FL vehicle registration renewal fees drop

    FL vehicle registration renewal fees drop

    Monday, September 1 2014 6:49 AM EDT2014-09-01 10:49:59 GMT
    That little gift you get from the state on your birthday every year, to renew your car tag, is going to be cheaper starting Monday.  The cut will save drivers about $13 to $25 depending on the size of their vehicle.
    That little gift you get from the state on your birthday every year, to renew your car tag, is going to be cheaper starting Monday.  The cut will save drivers about $13 to $25 depending on the size of their vehicle.
  • Mold takes over St. Pete condo, creeps into neighbors' homes

    Mold takes over St. Pete condo, creeps into neighbors' homes

    Friday, August 29 2014 5:48 PM EDT2014-08-29 21:48:06 GMT
    Josephine Ramos is literally sick about the toxic black mold growing in the St. Petersburg condominium beside hers. She's been feeling ill for months with headaches and breathing problems. Recently, she had peak inside the condo next doors and couldn't believe her eyes.
    Josephine Ramos is literally sick about the toxic black mold growing in the St. Petersburg condominium beside hers. She's been feeling ill for months with headaches and breathing problems. Recently, she had peak inside the condo next doors and couldn't believe her eyes.
  • Lakeland neighborhood has continuing water problems, asks 8OYS for help

    Lakeland neighborhood has continuing water problems, asks 8OYS for help

    Friday, August 29 2014 5:03 PM EDT2014-08-29 21:03:34 GMT
    Some Lakeland residents are tired of wondering whether they'll have water at home. Over the past month, they tell 8 On Your Side that they've lost water with no warning at least five times. And what's worse, the water stays off for up to eight hours at a time
    Some Lakeland residents are tired of wondering whether they'll have water at home. Over the past month, they tell 8 On Your Side that they've lost water with no warning at least five times. And what's worse, the water stays off for up to eight hours at a time
  • NewsMore>>

  • Labor Day - more than just a day off

    Labor Day - more than just a day off

    Monday, September 1 2014 6:41 AM EDT2014-09-01 10:41:03 GMT
    While many people have the day off work, the day is actually meant to celebrate the achievements and contributions of American workers.
    While many people have the day off work, the day is actually meant to celebrate the achievements and contributions of American workers.
  • Two shot outside party in Tampa

    Two shot outside party in Tampa

    Monday, September 1 2014 3:59 AM EDT2014-09-01 07:59:20 GMT
    Two people have gunshot wounds after a shooting outside a party in Tampa early Sunday morning, Tampa police said. 
    Two people have gunshot wounds after a shooting outside a party in Tampa early Sunday morning, Tampa police said. 
  • Pilot dies in plane crash near downtown St. Pete

    Pilot dies in plane crash near downtown St. Pete

    Monday, September 1 2014 3:44 AM EDT2014-09-01 07:44:26 GMT
    Rescue boaters are on the scene of a downed banner plane near Albert Whitted Airport.Rescue boaters are on the scene of a downed banner plane near Albert Whitted Airport.
    The pilot of a banner plane that crashed into the water near Albert Whitted Airport has died, St. Petersburg police officials said. 
    The pilot of a banner plane that crashed into the water near Albert Whitted Airport has died, St. Petersburg police officials said. 

  • Sign up for WFLA News Channel 8 Email Alerts

    * denotes required fields






    Thank you for signing up! You will receive a confirmation email shortly.
Powered by WorldNow

200 South Parker Street, Tampa, FL 33606

Telephone: 813.228.8888
Fax: 813.225.2770
Email: news@wfla.com

Can’t find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.