Fairview Heights cop and city sued for high speed chase

Steve Gonzalez Dec. 21, 2005, 8:52am

A man injured during a high speed police chase filed a personal injury suit against the City of Fairview Heights, the officer pursuing a fleeing vehicle and the man being chased.

Dorian Chism of Caseyville claims Fairview Heights officer Brady Greene was pursuing a vehicle owned by Calvin Talley for a traffic violation when Talley's vehicle collided with the one Chism was a passenger in on Dec. 23, 2004.

The accident took place at the intersection of 79th Street and St. Clair Avenue.

"The decision to pursue and the conduct of that pursuit were ministerial, non-policymaking acts on the part of Brady Greene," the complaint states.

Chism also claims Greene negligently, recklessly, and with willful and wanton disregard for the rights and safety of him and other members of the public operated his car at an excessive speed under the circumstances.

He claims to have suffered internal and external injuries to his back, neck, stomach, head and legs, suffered severe pain and anguish in both body and mind and has become obligated to large medical expenses.

Chism claims Talley failed to keep his car under proper control, failed to keep a proper lookout, entered an intersection without stopping at a red light, failed to concede the right of way and operated his vehicle at a high, dangerous and unlawful rate of speed.

Chism is seeking damages in excess of $150,000.

He is represented by Stephen Clark of Belleville.

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