Police officer giving sobriety test to young man to see if he is driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Police cruiser is out of focus in the foreground.
The trial was divided into two parts: the first phase would decide liability and actual damages, and the second phase would set punitive damages, if any. In phase one, the jury found that the defendant had been grossly negligent (thereby opening the door to awarding punitive damages) and awarded actual damages of $112,109. After an additional half-day of deliberations for phase two, the jury added $550,000 in punitive damages, bringing the total verdict to $662,109.