A motorcyclist who claims a Richmond Police officer pursued him in a high speed chase through a residential neighborhood and then forced him off the road on suspicion of driving under the influence has filed suit in Madison Circuit Court.

Joseph T. Martin of Madison County filed suit in late September against Patrolman Devin Thomas, Police Chief Larry Brock and city government.

Martin claims he was injured Sept. 26, 2010, when Thomas’ vehicle struck his motorcycle, forcing it off the road.

Thomas was acting negligently and recklessly and contrary to police department protocol by choosing to pursue Martin in the manner he did, the suit claims.

Although Martin was charged with driving under the influence, plus fleeing or evading police, a Madison County grand jury refused to indictment him on the charges, the lawsuit states.

The collision constituted battery and assault on Thomas’ part, the suit claims, and caused physical and/or emotional injury to Martin.

Thomas intentionally, as well as negligently, inflicted emotional and physical injury upon, the suit also alleges. It claims that Martin suffered permanent disfigurement and/or injury from the incident as well as physical pain and mental suffering.

Brock intentionally or negligently failed to properly supervise and control Thomas, the suit claims, and failed to ensure that he was properly trained and adhered to department policy.

Martin seeks unspecified punitive as well as compensatory damages that would cover his medical expenses and lost wages stemming  from his injuries.

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