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Town of Clinton Ordered to Pay Millions for Negligence

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WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) _ A lawyer for a man seriously injured as a result of a high-speed chase says the town of Clinton has been found negligent and ordered to pay his client more than $14 million.
Lawyer Joel Faxon says a Waterbury jury decided the award Tuesday.
He says Walker Hopkins was a passenger in a car on Aug. 5, 2005, when it collided with a vehicle driven by Matthew Vincent, a member of the Clinton Volunteer Fire Department. Faxon says Vincent activated blue lights and pursued the Hopkins car.
Faxon says Vincent was deputized by a police dispatcher. Following a brief chase, the Hopkins car crashed into a tree.
A message at the Clinton first selectman’s office was not immediately returned Tuesday.
Faxon says Hopkins suffered brain damage and requires lifetime care.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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