Suit: Police chased car until it crashed in Country Club Hills
Sun-Times Media August 17, 2012 9:06PM
Updated: August 17, 2012 9:12PM
The mother of a man seriously injured after Country Club Hills police chased his car and bumped it until he lost control is suing the town and its police force.
Karen Turner claims her son, Todd Turner Jr., is now disabled after he crashed his car when police pursued him in May, according to the suit filed in Cook County Circuit Court Friday.
Todd Turner Jr. was driving “lawfully” on 167th Street near Kedzie Avenue when an unknown police officer began following him, according to the suit.
The police officer continued to follow Turner at speeds over 90 mph, according to the suit. The suit also claims the officer disregarded “good judgment” and the safety of others in his pursuit of Turner and continued after him even though the safety of others was more valuable than Turner’s arrest.
The chase ended when the officer bumped Turner’s car, causing him to crash into a parked van, according to the suit. Turner was so badly injured he was permanently disabled and could not bring the suit on his own.
The two-count suit seeks more than $50,000 in punitive damages.
Efforts to reach the Country Club Hills police and the Mayor’s office were unsuccessful Friday evening.