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Board of County Comn'rs of Teton County v. Bassett

Wyoming Supreme Court
8 P.3d 1079 (2000)


Officers of the Wyoming Highway Patrol (defendant) were in a high speed pursuit of Ortega. Sheriff’s deputies (defendant) created a roadblock to stop the chase. During the pursuit, Bassett (plaintiff) was driving toward the roadblock and Ortega. Bassett passed Highway Patrol officers, who did not warn him of the danger ahead. As Bassett approached the roadblock, officers allowed him to pass through. As Bassett drove through the roadblock, Ortega’s car collided with Bassett’s car, causing him injuries. Bassett brought a negligence claim against the Highway Patrol, Sherriff’s officers, and the National Park Service. The district court held that the jury should not consider Ortega’s fault, because his conduct was willful and wanton. The jury allocated fault among the remaining parties and returned a verdict for Bassett.

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