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East St. Louis, officer settle man’s suit alleging injuries while fleeing from police


By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Jul 10, 2018

The City of East St. Louis and a police officer have reached a settlement with a man who sued after he was injured while trying to flee from the police.

The parties filed a stipulation for dismissal on June 21.

St. Clair County Associate Judge Chris Kolker granted dismissal with prejudice on June 25 with each party to bear its own costs.


Nicholas Pearson filed his original complaint on Dec. 22, 2015, through attorney Jarrod Beasley of Belleville.

Pearson claims he was driving his vehicle on Aug. 19, 2015, in East St. Louis when officer Andre Williams attempted to pull him over. Pearson fled from his car and Williams proceeded to chase him down.

Pearson claims Williams hit him with his patrol car during the pursuit.

The defendants previously answered the complaint denying all liability and arguing that any alleged injuries are the result of Pearson’s own negligence, fault and unlawful conduct.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 15-L-725

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