In December 2017, Nicholas Capogna, a police officer in Clearwater, rolled through a stop sign while driving an unmarked Chevrolet Caprice in a residential neighborhood. Because Capogna did not come to a complete stop at the stop sign, another driver, Emine Redzepi, crashed into his vehicle. Redzepi filed a lawsuit against the city last month and is currently being represented by the personal injury attorneys at Beltz & Beltz.
Following the accident, Redzepi went to a nearby hospital with neck pain, back pain, and arm pain. Her injuries were much more serious than they initially appeared. There was also $5,000 worth of damage to her Toyota. Capogna was unharmed, but the crash caused $10,000 worth of damage to his department-issued vehicle.
According to reports, this is not the first time Copagna has damaged a department-issued car while on the job. However, there were never any reports of citations or court records of this incident, or any of the other instances in which Copagna had an on-the-job collision. According to Lt. Michael Ogliaruso, this is due to the fact that the Command Staff holds an internal discipline process, meaning there would be no court record of any of the incidents.
In regard to the case, Jennifer Beltz says that the Beltz & Beltz team “looks forward to fleshing out more of these issues in the discovery process and looks forward to cooperation from the attorneys representing the police department.”
You can read the full article regarding this case in the Tampa Bay Times, or click here to read it online.
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