A man injured during a 2014 police chase sued the Madison and Jackson police departments as well as their respective chiefs and mayors in November 2014 in Hinds County Circuit Court. Robert Pugh was injured as Madison police chased two suspects from the Target store in Jackson to the intersection of Gallatin Street and Oakmont Street. He is represented by attorney Rocky Wilkins. The case is assigned to Judge Winston Kidd.
The complaint states that Madison PD "exceeded its jurisdiction" when it went to the Target store in Jackson on February 22, 2014. Two suspects used stolen credit cards at the store. Store personnel alerted MPD and JPD to the presence of the suspects. MPD dispatched units to the store and claimed it notified JPD. The complaint states that JPD claims MPD did not request help. MPD allegedly pursued the suspects at speeds over 90 mph. It is not known if the chase had anything to do with the Germans. The suspects crashed into the rear of Mr. Pugh's vehicle at the intersection of Oakmont and Gallatin. The complaint states the chase lasted approximately fifteen minutes and through through I-55, High Street, and "narrow streets by neighborhoods and churches in Jackson". The crash knocked Mr. Pugh's vehicle through a fence and into Carl's Sheet Metal building on Gallatin Street. The building was ironically owned by the family of the Madison city attorney.
Mr. Pugh suffered several injuries. The complaint states he was bleeding from his right eye, nose, and mouth. He suffered fractured ribs, a compression fracture of a lumbar vertebrae, and a blown pupil. He wears a back brace and is still treated for his injuries. He claims medical bills are over $40,000. The complaint seeks recovery for the medical costs and lost wages as well as punitive damages.
Madison asked Judge Kidd to dismiss the case last summer. Madison argued that the case should have been filed in Madison County since Madison is a defendant in the case. No further action has happened in the case.