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Galveston sues motorist for colliding with police vehicle

By John Suayan | Jun 6, 2018

GALVESTON – Alleging a motorist inflicted damage to one of its police vehicles, the City of Galveston has pursued legal action.

A lawsuit filed on June 5 in the Galveston County Court at Law No. 2 accuses local resident Johnathan McCutcheon of causing a collision between him and police officer Michael Andrews on June 15, 2016.

Court documents explain that Andrews was driving a 2013 white Ford Explorer responding to an emergency call with lights and sirens activated. He traveled southward on 33rd Street while McCutcheon, who operated a 2015 silver Toyota Avalon, drove west in the left lane of Broadway.

The original petition says Andrews approached an intersection and noticed other vehicles stopping for him. He “slowly proceeded into the intersection when he saw that the defendant had not yielded and was coming towards him from the left lane,” the suit says.

According to the city, McCutcheon struck the front driver’s side of Andrews’s vehicle. The driver was cited with failing to yield to an emergency vehicle with failure to control speed and driver inattention as contributing factors.

“As a result of the accident, the plaintiff’s property sustained physical damage,” the complaint says.

Consequently, the city seeks $10,600 in damages.

Galveston County Court at Law No. 2 Cause No. CV-81200

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