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Town Settles High Speed Police Chase Lawsuit That Resulted In Two Deaths

The town of Rockport has settled two lawsuits that were filed after a high speed chase last year.

A part-time police officer was in pursuit of a speeding Subaru station wagon driven by Caleb Byras (17) just before midnight on December 5, 2015. Kara Brewer (16) and Emily Vitale (16) were passengers in a vehicle. The officer eventually stopped the pursuit when Byars failed to pull over. Shortly thereafter, Byras lost control of the vehicle, went off the road and crashed into a tree, with such force that the car split into two pieces. It was reported that he had been travelling at 110 mph. Byras and Brewer were killed instantly; Vitale was seriously injured.

The families of the two passengers filed lawsuits against the town, the police department and the officer involved in the chase. The claim on behalf of Ms. Brewer contended that the Rockport police officer’s decision to engage in a high-speed chase through three towns was negligent, violated police policy and caused the death of the teen. The Brewer lawsuit sought $5 million. The Vitale complaint said that it was unreasonable for the officer to engage in the chase, and that the pursuit violated a number of police practices. The Vitale family sought an unspecified amount to cover medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and emotional anguish. Both claims pointed out that according to the local department’s policy only full-time law enforcement officers may participate in a high-speed pursuit. As part of a settlement, the town paid $200,000 to Brewer’s estate and $100,000 to Vitale.

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