Drunk man sues cops after falling through window

Can you believe this crap?? Unreal! Of course there is a lawyer thinking dollars behind it…

A man who fell through a store window as he staggered drunkenly down a Harwood Heights street filed a lawsuit against several members of the Police Department, claiming they should have arranged transportation for him after they arrested his friend for drunk driving.

According to the lawsuit filed in Cook County Circuit Court Wednesday, Timothy Jensen was a passenger in a vehicle driven by Phillip Alan Sellig in the early morning hours of July 30, 2008 when Harwood Heights police Officer Gregory Hauptman pulled the vehicle over and arrested Sellig for drunk driving.

The lawsuit claims Officer Hauptman also observed that Jensen and two other passengers in the vehicle had “bloodshot and glassy eyes, were staggering, and were heavily intoxicated” but — allegedly in violation of the police department’s policies — did not arrange safe transportation home for Jensen.

Rather, Hauptman allowed Jensen to leave the scene of the traffic stop on foot and just a few blocks away, Jensen fell through a storefront window as he walked in “a heavily intoxicated state,” according to the lawsuit, which claims Jensen suffered “severe” injuries from the fall.

The lawsuit also names the village of Harwood Heights, police Sgt. Tyrpak and an unnamed police officer as defendants as well as Miroslawa Braunstein, the owner of the store window through which Jensen fell.

The five-count lawsuit asks for in excess of $50,000.

(http://www.pioneerlocal.com/norridge/news/1658731,Harwoodheights-lawsuit-070809-s1.article)

— Sun-Times News Group


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