Miley was driving her Toyota in Delray Beach when she approached the intersection of Federal Highway and Southeast 10th Street. With little to no warning, Miley’s vehicle was broadsided by a patrol car driven by Officer Michael Brown.
It was Brown’s third on-duty car collision.
According to official reports, Brown was enroute to a burglary in progress call. Brown did not have his siren activated as he approached the intersection because, in his own words, he did not want to scare the suspect away.
While the report states that Brown did not have his overhead lights activated, Brown claims that they were indeed flashing.
After an internal investigation, Brown was found to be in violation of various motor vehicle laws and internal police policies. Internal Affairs within the department state, “Officer Brown’s emergency response was not necessary as this incident was an attempted burglary.”
Brown’s disciplinary file includes a letter of reprimand for a crash occurring just two short weeks earlier in which he hit a suspect’s car.
Miley suffered a compression fracture of her thoracic spine, a concussion, and other injuries as a result of the collision.
On January 28, 2015, a jury found that Brown was 65% negligent in the accident, awarding Miley $539,662.
Miley’s attorneys of record: Michael S. Steinger and Dale A. Buckner, Steinger, Iscoe & Greene, West Palm Beach; Kitch Drutchas Wagner and William W. Vertes, Valitutti & Sherbrook, Detroit.
Brown’s attorneys of record: Kent S. Pratt, Pratt & Radford, West Palm Beach; Catherine M. Kozol, Delray Beach city attorney’s office.
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