$325,000 settlement in case of Albuquerque Police Department officers violating pursuit policy resulting in death
A woman was killed by a fleeing bank robber after Albuquerque Police Department (APD) officers improperly engaged in a high-speed pursuit of the robber. After robbing a local bank, APD was alerted to the robber’s location because the stolen money contained an electronic tracking device. Despite being able to track the robber and stolen money via the tracking device, two APD officers began following the suspect in their police vehicles. The suspect became suspicious and began to flee the police at a high rate of speed; the officers pursued the suspect onto Coors Blvd. In an attempt to evade the officers, the fleeing suspect lost control of his vehicle and violently collided with a woman who was stopped at a red light; the woman died from her injuries.
APD has strict policies which prohibit APD officers from engaging in high-speed motor vehicle police chases because doing so presents a clear and immediate serious threat to the safety of other motorists or the public. In direct violation of this policy, the APD officers pursued the fleeing suspect, causing him to take evasive action which ultimately resulted in the car crash that caused the woman’s death. Will Ferguson & Associates brought a wrongful death action against the City of Albuquerque for the negligence of its police officers, as well as against the fleeing bank robber, and secured a recovery for the woman’s surviving parents.