LOUISVILLE, Ky. (LEX 18)- The family of a man who was killed during a Kentucky State Police pursuit in Lexington is suing the law enforcement agency, saying the chase was too dangerous.
Anthony Moore, a homeless man, was sleeping in the bushes near Old Georgetown Street on the night of August 29, 2017. Kentucky State Police troopers were chasing Nathaniel Harper in a stolen truck when he crashed, running over Moore and killing him.
The lawsuit claims that Harper’s offense was not serious enough to justify a high-speed chase. Speeds in the pursuit were clocked at 100 MPH.
After crews cleared the scene, they found Moore dead.
KSP Policy states that pursuits must not exceed the posted speed limit in a commercial area, residential area, school zone or any road where the posted speed limit is less than 55 mph unless otherwise authorized by a supervisor.
The speed limit in the area where the crash took place was 35 mph. The speed of the pursuit was estimated to be between 80 and 100 miles per hour, according to the lawsuit.
The lawsuit is seeking monetary damages and a jury trial.
LEX 18 reached out to Kentucky State Police. They had no comment.