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Former Police Officer Files $500,000 Legal Claim Against Huizar After October Accident

The former officer says he suffered "serious multiple physical injuries."

A former Huntington Park police officer has filed a legal claim for $500,000 against the City of Los Angeles in connection with what he alleges was "serious multiple physical injuries" that he suffered in October, when his vehicle was rear-ended by a city-owned SUV driven by Los Angeles City Council member Josè Huizar in Boyle Heights, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Huizar was given a sobriety test, which registered a zero, after the traffic, according to the Los Angeles Police Department as and Huizar’s office. However, the Times quoted Humberto Guizar, the attorney for the litigant, David Ceja, as saying that “Huizar repeatedly asked that the matter be handled without alerting the Los Angeles Police Department.”

Huizar’s director of communications, Rick Coca, declined to discuss the legal claim as well as provide details about the  breathalyzer, the Times reports. "However, I can say that the council member called LAPD himself and they advised him, since there were no serious injuries, to exchange information with the other driver," he said.

Guizar, too, confirmed that Huizar called the LAPD on his own account after Guizar refused to settle the matter without police intervention because of his alleged injuries and the involvement of a city vehicle in the accident, according to the Times.

Click here to read the full Times story.

Tim Ryder December 10, 2012 at 06:00 PM
I think they only give breathalyzer tests if they smell alcohol or have some sort of 'reasonable suspician'. I could be wrong on that though.
Michael Turmon December 10, 2012 at 08:38 PM
It's pretty tough to get LAPD interested in a non-injury accident, so the innuendo offered by the lawyer ("Huizar did not want to involve LAPD") sounds like spin. This seems like much ado about nothing.
Gil December 11, 2012 at 04:33 AM
I have never heard of LAPD letting someone sit in the patrol car, wait 2 + hours, than give them breathalyzer test. That makes zero sense. .
Tim Tritch December 11, 2012 at 07:20 AM
Get rear ended by a city vehicle, like hitting the lottery. And to think that tis guy is a police officer, sworn to uphold the law. What a fricking piece of trash, pure human garbage. Same for his lawyer.
John Goldfarb December 11, 2012 at 04:21 PM
The person who was hit is alleging "serious multiple physical injuries" in his lawsuit, while Huizar's spokesman Coca stated "there were no serious injuries." While we might assume the victim is just an opportunist, we don't know what medical evidence he might present to substantiate his claim.
Mr. jepg December 11, 2012 at 07:05 PM
why did Councilman Huizar not want to follow city protocols for accidents in city-owned vehicles, that all employees must follow? ** Did Huizar's city-owned Highlander carry an accident report package in its glove compartment?
preemero December 11, 2012 at 11:43 PM
All city vehicles have a accident report pack in them and no matter how small the accident you must have a police report. Its for the cities benefit so its not a he said she said when a oppertunist tries to sue the city, they also tell you to never admit its your fault.

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