Minn. Supreme Court rules woman can't sue deputy

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Feb 13, 2014 at 7:36 am

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Supreme Court says a critically injured woman can't sue a sheriff's deputy whose squad car slammed into her vehicle during an emergency call in Brooklyn Park.

The court ruled 4-3 Wednesday that the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office is immune. That's because Deputy Jason Majeski didn't violate office procedure or act maliciously when he sped through a snowy intersection with lights flashing on Christmas Day 2009.

His squad car struck Jolene Vassallo's car. The Star Tribune ( ) reports Vassallo was so gravely hurt she likely will be institutionalized for life.

If Vassallo had won, the maximum amount she could have received as a result of her lawsuit would have been $500,000 because of the state's tort liability cap.

Vassallo's attorney says her medical bills are well over that amount.

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