Woman sues Farmington Police Department

Posted at: 10/22/2013 6:27 PM
By: Ashley McElroy, KOB Eyewitness News 4

A Farmington woman is suing police after she was injured in an officer involved accident last December.

The police report says the driver of the car she was in was at fault, but a reconstruction of the crash site is raising some questions.

"The only thing I remember was stopping at the gas station and after that I woke up in the hospital," said Deseree Trujillo.

Trujillo was a passenger in Cody Olachea's vehicle last year, when they collided with former Farmington police officer Tyler Brown at the intersection of Butler and Main.

Trujillo was in the hospital for twelve days and suffered several fractures, cuts and internal injuries.

"I did have bleeding in the brain that we're trying to figure out what's going on with this that still, but the doctors said it could lead to me having headaches for the rest of my life and I’ll have to be on medication for that," Trujillo said.

According to the incident report, Olachea ran a red light causing the crash, but Trujillo's lawyer hired an expert to reconstruct the crash scene.

That expert found it was the officer who was speeding and ran the red light.

"We retained an expert who is excellent at both on accident reconstruction and biomechanics and he confirmed it right off the bat," said attorney Arlon Stoker.

Trujillo is now suing the Farmington Police Department, the former officer, and the city.

Farmington police directed KOB to talk to the city's lawyers. They said they couldn't comment in detail but say that the facts will show the officer had the light.

According to the incident report Cody Olachea's blood alcohol content was .11, above the legal limit.

He’s charged with causing great bodily harm, possession of a controlled substance and failing to obey a traffic light.