Wichita faces 2nd lawsuit over driving pursuit

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A second lawsuit has been filed against Wichita alleging one of its police officers drove dangerously in pursuits.

The Wichita Eagle (http://bit.ly/12hknZ8 ) reports that 23-year-old Juan M. Santiago filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the city. It alleges negligence by the officer in a high-speed chase in which a fleeing driver ran a red light and struck Santiago, injuring him.

Santiago’s attorney, Blake Shuart, says a high-speed chase wasn’t warranted and was too risky for the circumstances.

In December, the parents of 12-year-old Suhani Bhakta filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the officer and the city. It says the officer was speeding while driving without lights and sirens when his patrol car struck the girl as she darted across a street.

A city attorney says she can’t comment on pending litigation.


Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com

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