A woman is suing the Los Angeles Police Department after she suffered critical injuries in March when she fell out of a moving patrol car.
Kim Nguyen, 27, and her attorneys said officers are at fault because after arresting her on suspicion of public intoxication, they failed to secure her with a seat belt and did not use an outside lock on the door.
Nguyen was in a medically induced coma after the fall, and still suffers complications from a broken jaw and brain injuries she received.
LAPD officials declined to comment on the case, saying they don't comment on ongoing litigation.
Local news from across Southern California
In March, Nguyen was waiting for a designated driver in a Koreatown restaurant when police arrested her, according to her attorney, Arnoldo Casillas.
She never made it to the police station, her attorney said.
Nguyen, still handcuffed, fell out of the patrol car near the intersection of Grand Avenue and Olympic Boulevard (map), suffering serious injuries.
A Fire Department report showed that officers claimed she fell after the patrol car stopped at a light and began accelerating. A security camera video apparently contradicts that account, Casillas said.
"The video shows that the statement that the police officers gave the paramedics is an unabashed, unequivocal lie," Casillas said. "The light's green. They do not stop."
Nguyen, a Loyola Marymount University accounting and marketing graduate student at the time of the incident, said she still might have to have brain surgery as a result of the fall.
More Southern California Stories:
- 3 Hurt in Ammonia Spill at Cheese Factory
- Witnesses: Driver Ran Red Light Before Hit-and-Run
- Threats on Video of Westlake Footballers' Fight
- Detectives Investigate Woman's Death
- Search Goes Cold for Missing College Student
- Woman Sues LAPD After Falling from Patrol Car
- Jobs Outlook Mixed for Californians
- LA County Beaches Get Cleaner