April 18, 2014

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Man suing Lorain for injuries after he led police in chase

ELYRIA — A Lorain man wants the city of Lorain to pay up for injuries he sustained when he crashed his car after a police chase in 2005.

The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in county Common Pleas Court by Brian A. See, 40, of Lorain, says police were at fault for the Aug. 16, 2005, crash that sent See and a passenger from another vehicle to the hospital with injuries.

The suit says police involved in the chase using an unmarked police car with no lights or sirens, and that it got up to a high rate of speed. See ended up crashing into a vehicle driven by by Maggie Gyeszat at the intersection of West 22nd Street and Reid Avenue, according to the lawsuit.

One of Gyeszat’s passenger’s was ejected, although he later recovered. See was hospitalized after he too was ejected from his vehicle.

A Lorain police report from the incident said officer from the Lorain County Strike Team officers were tracking See in an unmarked car and trying to stop him because he failed to use his turn signal. But when officers got out of the car, See turned onto West 22nd Street and ran two top signs before colliding with Gyeszat’s vehicle, according to the report.

On May 9 of this year, See pleaded guilty to charges of possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Additional traffic offenses related to the crash were dismissed. He was sentenced to three years of probation and fined $250.

The lawsuit says See sustained permanent and debilitating injuries, along with medical, hospital and pharmaceutical expenses. He is seeking more than $25,000 in damages.

Calls seeking comment from the police, Gyeszat, See and See’s attorney were not returned Wednesday.

Contact Stephen Szucs at 336-4016 or sszucs@chroniclet.com.