Police sued by man charged in fatal NJ crash
VINELAND, N.J. (AP) - June 27, 2010 -- A southern New Jersey man who authorities say caused a deadly crash while fleeing police in a stolen vehicle has sued the officers who pursued him.
Michael Jones claims the Vineland officers were negligent in chasing him at high speeds. He blames them for the March 30 accident that left him injured and killed an 81-year-old man.
The 46-year-old Bridgeton man seeks $1.25 million in damages in the lawsuit filed Friday in federal court. Jones, who was charged with felony murder and eluding, remains in the Cumberland County Jail.
Vineland police declined comment.
Prosecutors say Jones stole a hospital's paramedic vehicle in Franklinville, then drove south to Vineland, where police spotted him and started a pursuit.
Police have said they broke off the pursuit shortly before the collision.
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