Jury Awards Former Sheriff’s Officer $1.6 Million, But Clears Cops Of Responsibility

ELIZABETH – Although a Superior Court jury found Newark and Hillside police were not responsible for the nearly-fatal injuries sustained by a former Union County Sherriff’s officer during a crash that ended a high-speed chase, it awarded the officer $1.6 million, according to a Star Ledger report.

Christopher Coon, 33, stepson of Union County Sheriff Ralph Froehlich, was not involved in the police pursuit of Waleed Dozier in 2008, but was injured when the speeding suspect broadsided his unmarked sheriff’s cruiser.

The jurors found Dozier was 90 percent responsible for the crash, and Coon was 10 percent responsible. Insurance companies for Dozier and the county were represented at the trial, according to the Star Ledger report.

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