Injured Wichita Police Officer Brian Arterburn is suing a local car dealership, claiming the SUV that ran him over was stolen and not reported for two months.
The lawsuit was filed by Arterburn’s family in district court Monday against Eddy’s Chevrolet Cadillac.
Documents say the car that ran Arterburn over on February 7th of last year was stolen from the dealership.
On that day, Wichita police went on a pursuit of a man wanted on outstanding charges.
Suspect Justin Terrazas was in a stolen 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe.
Arterburn was hit by the car while laying down stop sticks in the road.
Court documents show the Tahoe was stolen from the dealer 51 days before.
They also show two dealer tags were also stolen.
The documents claim the dealership did not report the stolen items until the day officer Arterburn was run over, saying, “as a result of being run over by Eddy’s Chevrolet Cadillac, LLC’s stolen vehicle Wichita Police Officer BRIAN D. ARTERBURN sustained life threatening injuries; including a skull fracture, a brain bleed, and other internal injuries.”
Documents say, “it was foreseeable that a stolen vehicle could be involved in criminal activity which substantially increased the likelihood of injuring others, like officer BRIAN ARTERBURN.”
The lawsuit says the family is asking for more than $75,000 in damages, but it does not say the exact amount.
They are also requesting a jury trial.
KSN reached out to Eddy’s Chevrolet Cadillac and haven’t heard back.