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Local man behind Mr. Checkpoint app sues city

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - The local man behind the controversial Mr. Checkpoint app is suing the city of San Diego.

Sennet Devermont, 26, filed suit over a run-in at a DUI checkpoint. Devermont, an SDSU grad, developed the high-tech way of publicizing DUI checkpoints in real time through texts, tweets, a web site and now even a smartphone app.

"The idea is to publicize the DUI checkpoint information and get people home responsibly," he said. "Since New Year's Eve, we're reaching over 100,000 people with the app, the texting, another 100,000 just over social media, so we're reaching more people than ever at this point."

Devermont contends that his service, which is free to anyone who signs up online or downloads the app, is dedicated to promoting responsible driving.

"We like to talk about the consequences and the dangers, the high cost of a DUI and drunk driving, and we give ways for people to get home responsibly," he said.

While first developing Mr. Checkpoint, Devermont himself was pulled over by police in downtown San Diego in July 2011, an experience he captured on camera and then posted on YouTube, apparently showing one officer rifling through his wallet.

Devermont, who refused to answer questions or take a field sobriety test, was cuffed and detained for half an hour, according to a lawsuit he later filed against the SDPD, alleging they had violated his civil rights.

"With this footage -- and they still try to sweep it under the rug and try to protect themselves at all cost -- they don't want to take any accountability for what happened that night. That's when I had to buckle down and get an attorney," he said.

CBS News 8 has reached out to the San Diego Police Department for comment on this pending lawsuit, but they have not yet responded.

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