County to pay $55,000 for Glendale cop injured in bust

Settlement helps cover worker’s compensation claim related to chase, drug arrest
By 
DAN BENSON
Ozaukee Press staff

The Ozaukee County Board on Wednesday approved paying $55,000 to settle a worker’s compensation claim stemming from a drug bust and car chase during which a Glendale police officer was injured.

The case stems from a May 9, 2014, drug bust in which Larry X. Pettigrew, now 28, sold heroin to an Ozaukee County Sheriff’s undercover deputy in the parking lot of the Culver’s restaurant in Mequon, according to a criminal complaint.

Pettigrew had sold heroin to the undercover officer previously on April 20, May 1, and May 5, each time selling one or two grams of heroin for $200 to $300.

On May 9, members of the Ozaukee County Anti-Drug Task Force closed in to arrest Pettigrew as he sold heroin to the undercover officer.

Pettigrew fled south on I-43, getting off at Good Hope Road and entering the Village of River Hills, pursued by police.

He crashed his rented car in River Hills  and fled on foot through several yards before he was apprehended by River Hills police, the complaint says.

According to online court records, Pettigrew was charged with seven felonies. He pleaded guilty to three and four counts were dismissed as part of a plea agreement. 

He was sentenced to five years in prison and five years extended supervision by Ozaukee County Circuit Court Judge Sandy Williams.

According to the settlement agreement between Ozaukee County and the Cities & Villages Mutual Insurance Co. (CVMIC), representing the City of Glendale, Glendale police officer Jeffrey T. Nelson suffered a back injury during the pursuit and arrest of Pettigrew.

Because Nelson was responding to a mutual aid request from Ozaukee County, the county became liable, per state statute, for Nelson’s injuries when he crossed into River Hills,  county Corporation Counsel Rhonda Gordon told supervisors Wednesday.

According to the agreement, Nelson was paid $72,255 by Glendale’s insurance company to cover attorney fees, health bills and other compensation.

Subsequently, Glendale and CVMIC filed a claim against Ozaukee County and River Hills in Milwaukee County last year to recover workers compensation benefits paid by the city to Nelson. River Hills settled their case by agreeing to pay $5,000. 

Ozaukee County funds from the Sheriff’s Office’s workers compensation 2019 budget are being used to pay the settlement.

 

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