McALESTER, Oklahoma — He may have been a hardened criminal but he wasn’t up to do hardest of hard time.
An Oklahoma inmate has filed a $5 million lawsuit against officials at a county jail for allegedly laughing off his complaints of a painful erection that lasted 91 hours and refusing to promptly bring him to a hospital for treatment.
The suit says Dustin Lance, 32, suffered permanent damage to his member as a result of the stiff penalty.
The episode unfolded after Lance was arrested on Dec. 15, 2016 on burglary and drug possession charges at was taken to the Pittsburg County Jail. There he ingested an unknown pill given to him by another inmate which caused him to have a raging hard-on that wouldn’t go away.
The next morning he complained to jail officials that he was suffering “intense and excruciating pain to his penis” but that they refused to bring him to see a doctor and then began mocking him.
It was only four days later that Lance was taken to a local hospital, but doctors there said that permanent damage had been done and they were unable to treat him, the suit said. They said he needed to be taken to a urology specialist in Tulsa right away.
But the suit says the prison guards took him back to the jail and then released him on his own recognizance to seek medical attention on his own.
County officials are trying to get the suit dismissed due to an error in the suit that suggests Lance has since died. His lawyer insists, however, that his client is still alive and that the offending language was simply a “scrivener’s error,” according to the Tulsa World.