Miss. high court says jury should hear case

Published 10:28 pm Monday, June 1, 2009

The Mississippi Supreme Court says a judge wrongfully dismissed an automobile-negligence suit filed in Monroe County against an Alabama state trooper.

The Supreme Court ruled this past week that a jury should decide whether Alabama Trooper Bart Walker recklessly chased across the state line an elusive driver, who fled into Monroe County and crashed into another driver.

The injured driver — Jerry Wayne Duckworth — had sued the state of Alabama, Walker and the fleeing driver. A trial judge ruled in 2007 that there was no evidence that showed Walker was reckless.

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According to the court record, David Carrol Warren fled when Walker tried to stop for a traffic violation. The six-mile chase ended when Warren collided into Duckworth.