Settlement for Broken Arm Woman?

The Santa Barbara City Council mulled over a possible settlement deal involving a woman suing the police department after having her arm broken by two officers in 2011 after she was stopped for allegedly driving under the influence. The woman, Britteny Cotledge, was stopped after hitting a parked car after leaving a party on the Westside. Police claim she resisted arrest, and when two officers grabbed her by each of her arms — twisting them up behind her back — one her arms broke. Cotledge sued, claiming excessive force was deployed. The council discussed the case behind closed doors and issued no report on what course of action it will take.

To submit a comment on this article, email or visit our Facebook page. To submit information to a reporter, email

event calendar sponsored by:

City College Ranked #1 by Value Colleges

High graduation rate, community service, and online degree programs made SBCC a 'flawless investment.'

News Commentary: Ribbon Cutting Is Not as Easy as It Looks

Grand opening for new Eastside bridge conveys a tingle of progress.

Santa Barbara Rental Prices Have Skyrocketed Over the Last Five Years

The average rent for a South Coast studio is $1,553.

Trio Stops the Show at Board of Education

More than a dozen appeal to Santa Barbara Unified School District to maintain music classes and programs.

Santa Barbara District Attorney Endorses Villaraigosa for Governor

Joyce Dudley preferred the former Los Angeles mayor’s positions on crime and education.