Man awarded $640,000 in lawsuit against city of Federal Way

The city of Federal Way will be paying a man who says he trying to help after a crash but was put in a choke hold by an officer nearly four years ago.

Josiah Hunter's lawyer said his client was trying to be a good Samaritan after witnessing a crash at Pacific Highway South and South 320th Street that involved a drunken driver in September 2014.

Hunter claimed he was choked by Federal Way officer Kris Durell, arrested and charged.

Prosecutors dropped all charges against Hunter, and on Tuesday a federal jury awarded him.

The city of Federal Way will pay Hunter $640,000.

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