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Judge ends suit by VT man hurt at cop roadblock

Paul Bourn Paul Bourn

Associated Press - May 6, 2010 8:55 AM ET

BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) - A federal judge in Vermont has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a motorcyclist injured at a police roadblock set up to prevent him from fleeing.

Paul Bourn, 30, claimed Bennington police created a danger by not waiting to apprehend him at home even though they knew his identity and address.

Bourn claimed he hit the road block on a motorcycle while traveling 100 mph and now suffers a number of lingering medical problems.

On Monday, U.S. District Court Judge J. Garvan Murtha dismissed Bourn's suit against the Bennington Police department and a number of officers.

The Bennington Banner says Murtha ruled state law didn't allow Bourn to sue the police department.

Bourn represented himself. He's currently in jail.

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