Man facing murder, armed robbery trial accuses police of negligence

2014-05-05T11:19:00Z Man facing murder, armed robbery trial accuses police of negligencePatrick McNamara Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

A man awaiting trial on first-degree murder and armed robbery charges has filed a lawsuit agains the Pima County Sheriff's Department accusing deputies of negligently causing his injuries while he fled.

Cory Rondell Rivers was arrested in March 2012 after a high-speed chase. Sheriff's deputies pursued Rivers and others who were suspected in an armed robbery.

In the pursuit along northbound interstate 19, the car's driver lost control near Ajo Way and crashed into an urgent care center, killing two of the occupants.

In a hand-written complaint dated April 20, Rivers says sheriff's deputies "recklessly deployed spike strips to stop the vehicle..."

Rivers accuses deputies of intentional infliction of emotional distress and negligence and requests punitive damages.

Rivers' case is scheduled for trial in December. 

Read more about this case here and here.

Contact reporter Patrick McNamara at 573-4241 or pmcnamara@azstarnet.com. On Twitter @pm929.

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