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Parents file tort claim against Nashville after police chase

Posted on Thursday, September 22nd, 2016   

Kalvyn Johnson-Bey and Carleen Scrogham, parents of 18-year-old Hope, Tennessee resident Xavier Scrogham filed a tort claim for personal injury against the town of Nashville and Nashville police officer Leonard Burch on Friday, September 16. Scrogham was killed after a police chase was started by 25-year-old Burch at 11:36 p.m. on August 29, 2016 on U.S. Route 31.

Burch, who was off-duty at the time of the incident, said Scrogham passed his vehicle on a motorcycle going 120 miles per hour in a 911 cellphone call with Bartholomew County emergency dispatchers. However, the legal counsel for Scrogham’s parents, Trent McCain, said Scrogham “made a mistake” and that “he should not have done what he did.” McCain notes also that Scrogham “was chased by a young man in T-shirts and shorts in a police car for 20 miles out of the officer’s jurisdiction” and that Burch was acting in the capacity of a “power-drunk cowboy” in his pursuit of Scrogham.

Our attorneys at Pohl & Berk, LLP provide legal services for our clients in Nashville and other areas of Tennessee. We handle personal injury accident cases such as auto accidents and wrongful death cases, among others. Call our offices today at 615-277-2765 to learn more about your legal options.

Police officer injured after maneuvering to avoid collision

Posted on Wednesday, May 14th, 2014   

Emergency personnel responded to a car accident that occurred at the intersection of Nashville Highway and 7th Avenue in Columbia, Tennessee on Monday, May 5 at around 9:45 a.m.

According to preliminary investigations, a woman was driving a Chevrolet Camaro along the highway when she suddenly stopped the vehicle, causing Officer Vagen Trimble of the Columbia Police Department, who was traveling behind her, to fall from his motorcycle after maneuvering to avoid a collision.

CPD Sergeant Thomas Ehret said the young woman who was driving the Camaro stopped her vehicle in the middle of the intersection as she was nearing the traffic lights, which were yellow at the time. In Trimble’s efforts to avoid a car accident, he overturned his motorcycle, suffering back injuries as a result.

Our attorneys at Pohl & Berk, LLP, know how difficult it can be for Tennessee residents to recover from automobile accidents, but if you have been injured because of someone else’s negligence, we may be able to help you fight for compensation. Call our offices today at (615) 277-2765 to learn more about what we can do for you.

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