Different River

”You can never step in the same river twice.” –Heraclitus

January 4, 2005

Getting arrested, for profit

Filed under: — Different River @ 9:41 pm

I’ve heard so many stories about burglars suing their victims after tripping in the dark and getting hurt, that I wonder if they’re all urban legends. But this one is not.

Overlawyered reports that a guy getting chased by police crashed his car into a utility pole, and is now suing the police for damages. Translated into plain language, his arguement is basically that if he drives fast enough, the police are supposed to give up. He did, they didn’t, he got hurt, so they should pay him. Never mind that he was breaking the law in the first place, and driving “fast enough” is illegal, too.

And this is not an isolated case — it’s at least the fourth similar lawsuit in recent years, at least one of which resulted in an $11 million jury award..

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