Police Officer's Distracted Driving Trial Begins

A man whose truck was T-boned in a collision with an Anchorage police officer running a red light testified that the crash left him with lasting injuries.

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ANCHORAGE- A man whose truck was T-boned in a collision with an Anchorage police officer running a red light testified that the crash left him with lasting injuries.


Melvin Rush testified Wednesday in the opening of the civil trial in his lawsuit against the municipality of Anchorage. The Iraq war veteran is seeking $500,000 in compensatory damages and $2.5 million in punitive damages for the accident three years ago.


Assistant municipal attorney Sam Severin acknowledged Rush is owed money but that the city disputes punitive damages.


Rush's lawyer says officer Michael Wisel was looking at his computer screen when is squad car ran a red light and struck Rush's pickup in July 2010.


Rush was bruised, but doctors found no broken bones.

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