Two days after the city of Tacoma settled a lawsuit for $707,000 with bystanders hurt during a 2014 police chase, a mother and her minor son have filed a similar suit.
Teri and Kole Kavanaugh contend they too suffered injuries during the Oct. 31 pursuit, in which a man fleeing police hit four other vehicles and a utility pole.
The Kavanaughs were heading north on Union Street in a 1993 Ford Explorer at the same time Jason Michael Haskins, 34, was fleeing police by driving east in a Jeep Grand Cherokee on South 12th Street.
Haskins ran a red light at the intersection of the two streets and crashed into the Explorer.
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One of the other cars Haskins hit during the chase was a 2015 Chrysler 200. Four people inside sued, and Tuesday the City Council approved a settlement of $707,000 for them.
The Kavanaughs filed their suit Thursday, naming the city, Haskins and police Lt. David O’Dea.
Both lawsuits argue O’Dea breached department policy when he started the chase and when he continued it at unsafe speeds through the city.
Police said the chase began when officers saw Haskins driving recklessly, his car reaching 60 miles per hour in a 30 mph area.
The suits also point out that O’Dea was working as the shift commander, which means he had no supervisor who could have stopped the chase.
O’Dea was suspended for five days and had to take remedial training related to use of force and vehicle operations, according to department records.
Haskins, who later told investigators he’d been drinking that night, pleaded guilty to trying to elude police and two counts of vehicular assault. He was sentenced to a year and five months in prison.