NHP sued following trooper carjacking

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Updated: 2/07/2013 3:11 pm
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) - Two people are suing the State of Nevada, Department of Public Safety and the Highway Patrol Trooper was recently carjacked after a traffic stop.

David Nichols and Crystal Nichols are suing for more than $150,000 after they alleged the person that carjacked the highway patrol trooper stopped them and attempted to also carjack them.

The lawsuit says the carjacker, while in a stolen Nevada Highway Patrol vehicle, stopped the vehicle in the middle of Interstate 80.  The carjacker, armed with a shotgun taken from the NHP vehicle, rushed the Nichols' vehicle and ordered them to get out of the vehicle.  The Nichols' alleged they told the carjacker they had small children in their vehicle  The carjacker then carjacked the vehicle directly behind them and drove off.

The lawsuit alleges the Nevada Highway Patrol failed to properly train Trooper Robert Nivarel, who had his NHP vehicle stolen. The lawsuit also claims the state was warned about troopers that were not properly trained.

The suit also alleges Trooper Nivarel failed to remove the keys from the NHP vehicle or lock the door and could have, "engage(d) a secondary safety feature which would have disabled the transmission of the NHP Patrol vehicle."

News 4 wanted to get Nevada Director of Public Safety Chris Perry's reaction to the lawsuit, but he declined saying everything will be handled in the courts.
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deedee17 - 2/10/2013 7:53 AM
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what a crock! Another waste of frivolous lawsuits. Since government is looked at as a cash cow, this will settle for a trickle of coins to make it go away. What a waste!

Verne143 - 2/9/2013 9:43 AM
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Too funny and the precise reason I change the channel when these ambulance chasing lawyers come on TV. You people are alive because of the NHP and should be sending them flowers and candy for Valentines Day.

charlotte - 2/8/2013 6:10 PM
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I hope that family needs help one day from police and they fail to show up. Shame on you and your greedy att.

Kramer - 2/8/2013 1:48 PM
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yes there's a financial motive but none of the comments address the actual issue-that NHP screwed up in policy/training. But Not worth the bucks. I like the loooonnng run-on sentence in one comment, too (which is what the other arrestees will get)

maddyo says so - 2/8/2013 10:02 AM
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America is full of freeloaders and that will never change. Sure those that "almost" got victimized by this deceased f o o l will sue just because that is what they do and that attorney who will get his percentage commission will get his dirty cut so that he can pay for more billboards and commercials to advise that he can beat the law and reduce your fines for doing wrong at the expense of law enfocement "accidents." These shark defense attorneys like Gilbert, Vanna, Golighty, Brock, and Mckenna to name a few are all snakes and make their clients free they are worthy when they are the ones who are after the big easy payday.

JustSomeAhole - 2/7/2013 6:41 PM
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The attorney is Kenneth McKenna, ESQ on 1st St in Reno. Read the PDF of the actual complaint filed by his office. It's appalling. The incident JUST HAPPENED and they're complaining that it took 'several minutes' before another NHP officer responded. Dear Nichols family & Mr. McKenna ESQ: you are scum bags and I hope you lose this case, have to pay court costs and are publicly disgraced.

ExNev - 2/7/2013 6:19 PM
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If you read earlier reports of this and a statement by an attorney you will probably know who the attorney is. This is typical attorney legalized extortion.

Exnyer - 2/7/2013 3:50 PM
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These idiots need to get a life - unbelieveable!! Just looking for a quick buck at someone else's expense - go home crybabies and be grateful you, your kids and your car got there safely - probably cause NHP works really hard to keep us safe!!

karamcanallen - 2/7/2013 3:45 PM
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How greedy can people get? You are going to sue because of something that almost happened to you? This case should be thrown out it is ridiculous! The attorney should be fined for even attempting to go through with the law suit.

thebuckster - 2/7/2013 3:00 PM
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Not sure who is more of a freeloader here. The couple or the dirtbag attorney that filed the suit? I sleep well at night. I'm sure this couple and the attorney don't. To them, be sure to call the patrol when you need them though.
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