North Hampton man injured in Seabrook police chase files suit

Feb 17, 2013 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: UnionLeader.com

A North Hampton man is suing the town of Seabrook and one of its police officers after his truck was hit as police chased another driver on Route 1. Colin Chevalier filed suit against the town and officer Jeremy Tetreault, claiming Tetreault was driving negligently when he crashed his cruiser on the night of Feb.

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Feb 19, 2013
 
NORTH HAMPTON — A North Hampton man is suing the town of Seabrook and one of its police officers over a 2010 crash in which the officer hit his truck while traveling through a red light at a speed of more than 100 mph.

Colin Chevalier alleges in a lawsuit filed with Rockingham Superior Court that officer Jeremy Tetreault’s conduct on Feb. 5, 2010, was reckless and negligent to that point that Tetreault is liable for the collision and injuries it caused.

The crash occurred while Tetreault was in high-speed pursuit of a car he saw without its tail lights on and which “fled apprehension” when he attempted to make a traffic stop, according to state investigators. The officer sped behind the car through Seabrook and up Lafayette Road through Hampton Falls, then Hampton and finally North Hampton, according to a state police accident report.

Chevalier was eastbound on Route 111 in North Hampton, where he drove through a green light at the intersection with Route 1, the suit alleges. Tetreault was northbound on Route 1 traveling in excess of 100 mph and “unlawfully” went through a red light,“negligently” causing a “violent collision” with Chevalier, the suit states.

Seabrook Selectman Chairman Brendan Kelly said the town had no comment on the lawsuit.

The suit alleges Chevalier, as a result of the crash, suffered “severe, disabling and permanent injuries, including … severe back injuries, neck injuries, head injuries, anxiety, left thumb pain, multiple cuts and abrasions.” It goes on to state that Chevalier has incurred substantial medical expenses, severe pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life and lost wages, as well as that he is likely to require more expensive medical treatment in the future and be inhibited by pain in doing his work and enjoying his hobbies.

Moreover, the suit alleges the town of Seabrook is liable for all legal fault of Tetreault, since he was acting as an agent of the town at the time of the accident and it’s the town’s responsibility to carefully hire, train and supervise its employees. The town “breached said duties and so negligently conducted itself as to hire and retain” Tetreault and “allow him to operate with inadequate training and supervision,” according to the suit.

Tetreault broke three laws pertaining to emergency vehicles by failing to brake “as necessary for safe operation” before going through the red light, driving at an unreasonable speed that endangered life and property, and failing to drive the cruiser with “due regard for the safety of all persons,” according to a state police accident report.

Three Boston women in the car being pursued by Tetreault later crashed into a tree off Elwyn Road in Portsmouth. All were indicted by a Rockingham County grand jury on charges related to possession or transportation of crack cocaine.

This isn’t the first time Tetreault has been sued for his conduct while on the job.

In an unrelated case, Tetreault was on duty as a Hampton Falls officer on Sept. 1, 2007, when he fired six bullets at a van and its driver during a Route 1 pursuit. According to the Police Standards and Training Commission, Tetreault has been a Seabrook officer since May 2008 and prior to that, worked as a patrolman for Hampton Falls, Kensington and Dover.

The attorney general’s office announced on Sept. 13, 2007, that Tetreault was justified in using deadly force against Derek Soucie, now 26, who led officers on a chase from New Hampshire to Massachusetts and struck Tetreault’s cruiser with his van in an area where Tetreault had just been standing. The attorney general’s office said Tetreault fired six rounds from his duty weapon because he feared for his life and believed he “had no other alternative to protect himself.”

Soucie was hospitalized for a laceration to his upper left arm and a puncture wound to his right shoulder, according to the attorney general’s findings. Soucie received $37,500 as an out-of-court financial settlement with the town to end the case...
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Soucie was hospitalized for a laceration to his upper left arm and a puncture wound to his right shoulder, according to the attorney general’s findings. Soucie received $37,500 as an out-of-court financial settlement with the town to end the case. As part of the settlement, the town admitted no wrongdoing and Soucie agreed to drop all claims related to the incident.
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NORTH HAMPTON — A North Hampton man is suing the town of Seabrook and one of its police officers over a 2010 crash in which the officer hit his truck while traveling through a red light at a speed of more than 100 mph.

Colin Chevalier alleges in a lawsuit filed with Rockingham Superior Court that officer Jeremy Tetreault’s conduct on Feb. 5, 2010, was reckless and negligent to that point that Tetreault is liable for the collision and injuries it caused.

The crash occurred while Tetreault was in high-speed pursuit of a car he saw without its tail lights on and which “fled apprehension” when he attempted to make a traffic stop, according to state investigators. The officer sped behind the car through Seabrook and up Lafayette Road through Hampton Falls, then Hampton and finally North Hampton, according to a state police accident report.

Chevalier was eastbound on Route 111 in North Hampton, where he drove through a green light at the intersection with Route 1, the suit alleges. Tetreault was northbound on Route 1 traveling in excess of 100 mph and “unlawfully” went through a red light,“negligently” causing a “violent collision” with Chevalier, the suit states.

Seabrook Selectman Chairman Brendan Kelly said the town had no comment on the lawsuit.

The suit alleges Chevalier, as a result of the crash, suffered “severe, disabling and permanent injuries, including … severe back injuries, neck injuries, head injuries, anxiety, left thumb pain, multiple cuts and abrasions.” It goes on to state that Chevalier has incurred substantial medical expenses, severe pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life and lost wages, as well as that he is likely to require more expensive medical treatment in the future and be inhibited by pain in doing his work and enjoying his hobbies.

Moreover, the suit alleges the town of Seabrook is liable for all legal fault of Tetreault, since he was acting as an agent of the town at the time of the accident and it’s the town’s responsibility to carefully hire, train and supervise its employees. The town “breached said duties and so negligently conducted itself as to hire and retain” Tetreault and “allow him to operate with inadequate training and supervision,” according to the suit.

Tetreault broke three laws pertaining to emergency vehicles by failing to brake “as necessary for safe operation” before going through the red light, driving at an unreasonable speed that endangered life and property, and failing to drive the cruiser with “due regard for the safety of all persons,” according to a state police accident report.

Three Boston women in the car being pursued by Tetreault later crashed into a tree off Elwyn Road in Portsmouth. All were indicted by a Rockingham County grand jury on charges related to possession or transportation of crack cocaine.

This isn’t the first time Tetreault has been sued for his conduct while on the job.

In an unrelated case, Tetreault was on duty as a Hampton Falls officer on Sept. 1, 2007, when he fired six bullets at a van and its driver during a Route 1 pursuit. According to the Police Standards and Training Commission, Tetreault has been a Seabrook officer since May 2008 and prior to that, worked as a patrolman for Hampton Falls, Kensington and Dover.

The attorney general’s office announced on Sept. 13, 2007, that Tetreault was justified in using deadly force against Derek Soucie, now 26, who led officers on a chase from New Hampshire to Massachusetts and struck Tetreault’s cruiser with his van in an area where Tetreault had just been standing. The attorney general’s office said Tetreault fired six rounds from his duty weapon because he feared for his life and believed he “had no other alternative to protect himself.”
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So what is this going to cost the town?
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He was in pursuit of very bad people. Another police department picked them up. Were mistakes made? Maybe, but there were very bad people smoking crack in the car he was chasing, who were criminals. Hmmmmm, what do I want on the streets with me and my children., or loved ones driving home from an event, or work...crack-smoking criminals? No. Get informed and think about the whole story, because you're not likely to hear the whole story from one Seabrook resident M.A. Weight the risks and pros and cons before jumping on someone's vendetta bandwagon.
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He was in pursuit of very bad people. Another police department picked them up. Were mistakes made? Maybe, but there were very bad people smoking crack in the car he was chasing, who were criminals. Hmmmmm, what do I want on the streets with me and my children., or loved ones driving home from an event, or work...crack-smoking criminals? No. Get informed and think about the whole story, because you're not likely to hear the whole story from one Seabrook resident M.A. Weight the risks and pros and cons before jumping on someone's vendetta bandwagon.
The crack heads didn't run into a family.
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Why oh why wrote:
http://m.newburyportnews.com/T DNN/db_263765/contentdetail.ht m?contentguid=J7Xx4qZq
He was in pursuit of very bad people. Another police department picked them up. Were mistakes made? Maybe, but there were very bad people smoking crack in the car he was chasing, who were criminals. Hmmmmm, what do I want on the streets with me and my children., or loved ones driving home from an event, or work...crack-smoking criminals? No. Get informed and think about the whole story, because you're not likely to hear the whole story from one Seabrook resident M.A. Weight the risks and pros and cons before jumping on someone's vendetta bandwagon.
the two way radio in the cruiser could out run the "crackheads". this officer placed the public in real danger. there is NO reason on earth to be traveling on rte 1 in excess of 100 mph, PERIOD.
I really wish they had fired this a Barney Fife.
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Another move by Seabrooks finest to cover there own tracks.
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Heard our finest cop lover has been cooking up some chili in Rowley and they love him!! Maybe they will let him move in town, how lucky will they be to have a new freestater in the family.......... Wish him luck!!!
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Haven't they fired this one yet? There are 20 lawsuits against the town because of SPD and we have to pay the taxes for all of it?

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