UNION COUNTY – A former Union County Sheriff’s Officer has filed a civil suit against the Newark and Hillside police departments and the officers who were chasing a suspect who crashed into his patrol vehicle on Dec. 2, 2008, according to a Star-Ledger report.
Christopher Coon, 33, stepson of Union County Sheriff Ralph Froehlich, was left disfigured, with limited mobility and some brain damage, according to the report. He lost his job and his wife after the crash.
Coon was not involved in the pursuit of Waleed Dozier, a 31-year-old Newark man who was a suspect in a robbery. Though police later learned that Dozier was not involved in the robbery, he is currently serving a nine-year sentence for aggravated assault and resisting arrest, according to the report.
Following the six-week trial, a jury is now deliberating on the case.
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