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Indiana man with brain damage sues police after 2016 crash

Courtesy NWI Times

HAMMOND, Ind. — A northwest Indiana man alleges in a federal lawsuit that he suffered a traumatic brain injury when a police officer ran a red light and struck his vehicle in 2016.

Carlos Gallegos-Esqueda of Hammond is suing the Lake County Sheriff’s Department and others for damages.

He alleges that Lake County Sheriff’s Officer Anibal Ramos’ actions in the June 2016 crash demonstrated a “deliberate indifference to the lives of those around him.”

The (Northwest Indiana) Times reports a police report says Ramos told officers he was chasing a possible drunken driver when the crash occurred.

Gallegos-Esqueda’s suit contends no pursuit was underway when Ramos crashed into his vehicle, leaving him with a traumatic brain injury and other injuries.

Lake County, its commissioners and Ramos have denied any wrongdoing in court filings.