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Lawsuit against Lockport cop ends in settlement

A settlement has been reached in a lawsuit where a Romeoville man accused a Lockport police officer of arresting him on false charges of driving under the influence and other traffic violations.

On Wednesday, Bryan J. Whately’s federal lawsuit against officer Gregory Grunder was dismissed after both parties reached a settlement. Whately’s attorney, Anthony Tomkiewickz, said all claims against Grunder was dismissed as part of the settlement agreement. Tomkiewickz said he couldn’t disclose other details of the terms of the settlement.

“I would reiterate that I am satisfied and my client is pleased with the results,” he said.

Grunder’s attorneys did not respond to a message Friday.

Whately initially filed his lawsuit in Will County court last year before refiling it in federal court.

Whately alleged that on Aug. 12, 2016, he was driving in Lockport when he was pulled over by Grunder. Grunder allegedly ordered him to produce identification, questioned him, removed him from the car and arrested him on charges of DUI, making an improper U-turn and failure to notify of a change of address, the lawsuit said.

Whately accused Grunder of arresting him without a warrant or probable cause, and engaging in malicious prosecution by submitting police reports that he knew were false.

Grunder denied those claims in federal court filings.

The criminal charges against Whately were dropped by the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office after Judge Chrystel Gavlin granted his motion to quash his arrest and suppress evidence. Gavlin had found there was no probable cause for Whately’s vehicle to be stopped, court records show.

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