Attorney Taylor Asen Represents Plaintiffs in Lawsuit Against Town of Wells Over High-Speed Police Chase
In 2020, plaintiffs Tim Convery and Kelli Gustafson filed a complaint in York County Superior Court against the town of Wells, alleging that the local Police Department had caused their injuries. They claim that a high-speed police chase caused their car to crash and severely harm them.
Because the police car did not directly collide with the vehicle occupied by the Plaintiffs, the town of Wells motioned for summary judgment as it could not be sued. The York County Superior Court denied this motion, and the town appealed the decision. On June 21st, the state supreme court affirmed this ruling. Attorney Taylor Asen of Gideon Asen LLC filed his clients’ complaint in March 2021. The details about the collision were provided in a complaint and press release from the Wells, York, and Kennebunk police departments.
The Case Is as Follows:
On May 30th, 2020, Joshua Burton of Kentucky stole a 2015 Kia Soul from the parking lot of Mr. Mike’s Convenience store. The Wells Police were notified that the stolen vehicle was headed northbound on Route 1. Officers reported to Route 1 and waited for the Kia to pass. When officer Joshua Poirier and Sgt. Chad spotted the vehicle, they initiated a high-risk stop.
Plaintiffs Tim Convery and Kelli Gustafson allege that the Wells Police Department breached its duty of care by failing to end the chase once Burton began driving at high speeds. They claim that the police department failed to have policies or procedures in place for high-speed chases and believe that formal training on these precautions should be included in police risk management schooling.