Louisville Police Pay $700K to Settle Death Case

By Associated Press | 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville police will pay $700,000 and a detective wrote a letter of apology to settle a wrongful death lawsuit stemming from a 2010 car crash.

The Courier-Journal reported that Detective James Adams admitted he was speeding when his car struck a vehicle driven by 22-year-old Sarah Bearden on May 22, 2010.

The Louisville Metro Police Department suspended Adams for 30 days — the department's strictest discipline, short of being fired — but also said he was not fired because Bearden was found to have a blood-alcohol content higher than the state's 0.08 level for drunken driving.

Bearden family attorney Chad Gardner says police misstated her alcohol content.

A grand jury declined to indict Adams on charges of manslaughter and assault in the crash.

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