ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque refuses to pay for damage to a home struck by a city-owned bait car driven by teens.
Bait cars are vehicles deployed to catch thieves.
Peter Kopczuk says the bait car [auth] crashed into his home on July 15, shoving his wife’s car into a wall and damaging the garage and a bathroom.
The city told Kopczuk that he has resort to his homeowners insurance for the nearly $11,000 of damage.
City Attorney David Tourek told KRQE-TV (http://bit.ly/1dq01qh ) that liability lies with the teens who caused the crash by switching seats as they drove drunk in a stolen vehicle.
Kopczuk said police shouldn’t have allowed the bait car to enter a residential neighborhood.
Tourek said the officer was awaiting backup and that there was no immediate threat to public safety.