A Westchester County Cop was injured in the line of duty during a car chase after a fellow officer tried to pull over a driver who was operating a vehicle with a temporary license plate hidden under a dark tinted cover and having heavily tinted windows. In our view, the injured officer certainly has claims for his line of duty injuries under both New York’s General Municipal Law § 205-e and New York’s General Obligations Law § 11-106 and has a right to sue.
The chase started around 1909 hours on Wednesday, February 10, 2021, when a first officer tried to pull over the vehicle, a Nissan Maxima, on the Hutchinson River Parkway in New Rochelle. The vehicle, operated by a 20-year old woman, fled the car stop traveling northbound on the Hutch. Other officers joined in the chase, including the New York State Police and the Westchester County PD’s aviation unit. With PD vehicles following, the Nissan Maxima headed onto Route I-684 northbound where its escape was thwarted by heavy traffic. As the County PD units and State Police closed in, the driver tried to force one marked County PD cruiser off the road. The officer in that car avoided a crash by driving onto the left shoulder of the roadway. As the Nissan Maxima moved from the center lane into the right lane, it struck another County PD cruiser. The Nissan Maxima stopped when it crashed into a snowbank in Lewisboro. Police were surprised to find an 8-month old infant in the back seat of the car. The woman was taken into custody by County PD. Following evaluation by Northern Westchester Hospital Center, the child was released to its family, and child Protective Services was notified. It is unknown why the woman driver fled the police car stop.
The County PD officer operating the cruiser that was struck by the Nissan Maxima sustained injuries.