On the same day
his father, Darryl Mills, was elected to the Wrightsville Beach Board of
Aldermen on Nov. 8, 2011, Adam Mills was arrested by the Wrightsville Beach
Police Department on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Now, two years
later, Adam Mills has filed a lawsuit against WBPD officers J. Rich and J.
McCubbins for injuries he sustained during his arrest.
In the lawsuit
filed by Mills, he claims that during the time he was detained at the
Wrightsville Beach Police Department, officer McCubbins punched him in the head
and then both officers threw him to the floor, face first.
As a result of
actions of the two officers, Mills claims he was taken to New Hanover Regional
Medical Center where it was determined that he suffered a fracture to the medial
left orbital wall and a broken nose.
As noted in the
lawsuit the actions inside the WBPD were recorded on a surveillance camera.
Mills is filing
the lawsuit for violations to his Fourteenth Amendment rights and is seeking
punitive damages in an amount in excess of $10,000 against the individual
officers and the same amount against the town of Wrightsville Beach.
Mills is being
represented by Katherine Lewis Parker of Tin Fulton Walker and Owen, PLLC, in
Wilmington. The lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court for the
Eastern District of North Carolina Southern Division on July 1, 2013.
Through a search
in the North Carolina Department of Public Safety’s Offender Public Information
database, Lumina News discovered
Mills was involved in two incidences prior to his 2011 arrest.
The first, which
came on May 13, 2006, included charges for possession or purchase of a malt
beverage by someone younger than 21, driving while disqualified, disorderly
conduct and assault on a policeman. The second offense took place on Aug. 5,
2008, and included charges for driving while intoxicated and resisting an
On Wednesday, Aug. 28, Wrightsville Beach Police Chief Dan House said both officers Rich and McCubbins were still employed by the town and have never served any kind of suspension for the incident.