Jury awards woman $1.2 million after Santa Fe Police car chase ends in crash

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A Santa Fe woman will be getting $1.2 million after she was injured while Santa Fe Police chased a car theft suspect.

Jeremy Chavez stole a Toyota from a dealership back in 2016.

As police chased him, allegedly reaching speeds of 70 mph, Chavez crashed into 80-year-old Arlena Jackson, badly injuring her.

Jackson sued Chavez, police and the dealership for what happened, saying a gate to the car lot wasn’t locked.

On Friday, The Santa Fe New Mexican reports, a jury awarded her $1.2 million.

Chavez was deemed 50 percent responsible with the police department 40 percent at fault and the dealership at 10 percent fault.

Chavez is currently in prison for the crimes.

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