County sued over collision allegedly caused by officer

Kelly Holleran Nov. 3, 2009, 8:24am

Two Harris County residents have filed suit against Jefferson County claiming they were struck by a county law enforcement officer as he rushed through an intersection without emergency lights.

In a lawsuit filed Oct. 25 in Jefferson County District Court, Mike and Cathy Hudson claim Officer Daniel Powell struck their vehicle when he entered a protected intersection without sounding his siren or flashing his lights on Feb. 21.

"He failed to slow down as he entered the intersection," the suit states. "In fact, he sped up. On information and belief, while the officer was proceeding to assist another officer who was searching a vehicle, there was no emergency circumstance that necessitated the officer to arrive on scene immediately. On information and belief, there was no emergency at the time of the incident."

Because of the accident, the Hudsons experienced physical pain, mental anguish and emotional distress, incurred medical costs and lost their enjoyment of life, according to the complaint.

In addition, they lost wages, care, comfort, advice, guidance, counsel and household services, the complaint says.

The Hudsons are seeking actual and special damages, plus pre- and post-judgment interest at the highest rate allowed by law, costs and other relief the court deems just.

Jeff Seely of the Seely Law Firm in Houston will be representing them.

The case has been assigned to Judge Donald Floyd, 172nd District Court.

Jefferson County District Court case number: E185-208.

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