Hinds County Circuit Judge Winston Kidd denied an attempt by the city of Madison to transfer a lawsuit to Madison County. Robert Pugh was injured during a Madison police chase that began at the Target store in Jackson and ended by Gallatin Street in Jackson. JJ reported last December:
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.
Judge Kidd denied Madison's motion in July and ruled the case will stay in his court. He also denied a motion to dismiss filed by the defendants as well.
Kingfish note: It will not be a surprise if Madison loses this lawsuit at trial and on appeal. The chase started in Jackson and ended in Jackson. JPD did not take part in the chase although it is a defendant. The crime was non-violent in nature. One can almost hear Judge Kidd thinking "You wanted to get in Jackson so bad, now you can stay in Jackson."