BLUEFIELD– A city police officer in West Virginia is suing state police over a crash that stemmed from a multi-unit police chase and killed another officer.
The Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports Bluefield police Sgt. Joseph Danieley on Feb. 28 filed a complaint against West Virginia State Police and Trooper K.A. Filer in connection with the 2017 crash.
The lawsuit says the death of Bluefield Lt. Aaron Crook and injuries to then-K-9 Officer Danieley were caused by officers “approaching the location at excessive speeds and colliding with the police cruisers already at the scene.” Danieley and Crook were attempting to detain a suspected drunken driver.
State Police Deputy Superintendent Lt. Col. D.L. Bowles has said the crash was caused by multiple factors. He said Wednesday he can’t comment on pending litigation