Fired APD officer at the center of new lawsuit

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A former Albuquerque Police officer who was fired this year for battery, is at the center of a new lawsuit in a separate case, claiming he’s to blame for a 2017 car crash while on the job.

It was a chaotic scene at the intersection of Unser and Sage back in December 2017. According to a lawsuit filed last month, then APD officer John Hill, crashed into a gray Volkswagen as he was approaching the intersection.

A woman who was a passenger in the car is suing Hill, the city, and the man who was driving the Volkswagen, claiming both drivers were not paying attention.

The lawsuit says Hill had his emergency lights on and did not have the green light, when he crashed into the car. The driver of the Volkswagen told officer son scene he didn’t have much time to react.

Shortly after the crash, Hill filed his own lawsuit against he other driver, claiming he wasn’t paying attention and was high on marijuana.

If Hill sounds familiar, it’s because he was fired earlier this year for slamming a handcuffed inmate’s head into a wall. Hill pleaded no contest to misdemeanor battery and was sentenced to six months of probation and community service.

KRQE News 13 reached out to the city for comment on the lawsuit but they did not respond. It’s still unclear if Hill was ever disciplined for this crash as we are still waiting on records from APD.

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