An officer suffered a knee injury in an attempt to take speeding juveniles driving a stolen car into custody on August 15 around 12:30 a.m. in the 3600 block of Ocean View. According to the San Diego Police Department, the officer made an attempt to pull over five juveniles, but the driver did not pull over and the officer began to chase them.
The motorist crashed into two parked cars near the Imperial Ave. The driver and one passenger were captured by the officer, while three fled on foot and have not yet been captured. The officer suffered the knee injury while taking the juveniles into custody.
Our law office hopes and prays that the officer recovers from his knee injury soon and is able to go back to work protecting our community.
According to CHP’s 2009 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), 71 people were killed and 5,819 sustained injuries in San Diego car accidents. Thankfully, none of the juveniles appeared to have suffered major injuries from the crash even though they were breaking the law.
The juvenile motorist is most likely to be held liable for property damages that he/she sustained on the two parked cars, for stealing the car, assault charges on the officer, and possibly more. The three occupants that fled the scene are likely to face charges for fleeing the accident scene and their involvement with the stolen car.
Since the police officer was not hit by the vehicle, he won’t have a personal injury claim against the juvenile in relation to the car accident. The officer was injured on the job, so he may be entitled to workers’ compensation for his possible loss of wages and medical bill expenses from the injury.
The injured police officer needs to immediately get in touch with an experienced worker’s compensation attorney in San Diego who would assure that he is rightfully compensated for the injury that he got on the job. Call our professional San Diego workers compensation attorneys at 1-888-233-5020 for a free consultation of your case.
Ross Jurewitz is the founder and managing lawyer of the Jurewitz Law Group, a San Diego personal injury attorney law firm. These San Diego injury accident lawyers specialize in helping people seriously injured in a variety of accidents throughout San Diego County and California.
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