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Pa. man settles lawsuit against Md. State Police

Friday - 3/7/2014, 11:48am  ET

BEL AIR, Md. (AP) -- A Pennsylvania man has agreed to a $10,000 settlement of his lawsuit accusing Maryland State Police officers of roughing him up after he raced past a traffic stop on his motorcycle.

The Daily Record ( ) of Baltimore reported the settlement amount Thursday. Michael Bixler's lawsuit had asked for $4 million. Bixler was charged with 10 traffic citations including driving while under the influence as a result of the 2009 incident in Harford County. He pleaded guilty to eluding and escaping police officers and was sentenced to a year in jail with 11 months suspended.

The Daily Record reports the settlement amount was not disclosed when it was approved in federal court in January. Maryland State Police provided the settlement amount to the paper on Thursday.


Information from: The Daily Record of Baltimore,

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