A Washington Park police officer says he is owed money for injuries he sustained after an allegedly intoxicated driver struck his vehicle while he was on duty.
Donald Hubert Jr. filed a lawsuit April 23 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against the Village of Washington Park, Jonathan D. Klein, Mega Leasing Corporation and State Farm Insurance Company.
In his complaint, Hubert claims he was working as a police officer for Washington Park on April 7 at about 5:30 a.m. when he attempted to stop Klein, who was driving erratically.
“Instead of complying with the lawful instructions of a police officer, defendant Klein recklessly, and while intoxicated, drove his motor vehicle into the police car of plaintiff, resulting in injuries to plaintiff Hubert,” the suit states.
In addition to Klein, Hubert names Washington Park as a defendant, saying it failed to secure workers’ compensation insurance and failed to provide him with a safe place to work.
He also names Mega Leasing Corporation, saying it sold the alcohol to Klein, which had caused him to become intoxicated, according to the complaint.
At the time of the collision, Hubert had a policy through State Farm that was supposed to protect him if he got into a collision with an uninsured motorist. He now seeks payment of that policy, the suit states.
In his four-count complaint, Hubert seeks a judgment of more than $100,000, compensatory damages of more than $100,000 and punitive damages of more than $100,000, plus costs and other relief the court deems just.
Thomas G. Maag and Peter J. Maag of Maag Law Firm in Wood River will be representing him.
St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 13-L-213.