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New: Man sues cops for getting face smashed in squad

WOODSTOCK - A Cary man injured in a squad car accident in January while handcuffed in the car's back seat filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the Oakwood Hills Police Department allegeing that the arresting officer drove recklessly and failed to buckle him in. The suit filed by Philip P. Jenks, 44, seeks more than $50,000 from the police department and officer Ramtin Sabet. "He lost his front teeth and had to have reconstructive surgery," said Jenks' attorney, David Rechenberg. "The officer handcuffed him behind his back, that is why his face went into the mesh of the squad car." Oakwood Hills Police Chief Lee Wollenberg on Tuesday did not return phone calls seeking comment on the incident. Court records show Jenks was arrested Jan. 14, the day of the crash, on domestic violence charges, though prosecutors eventually dropped those charges. A criminal complaint alleged that Jenks threw a cell phone at a 17-year-old male and shoved a 16-year-old female. After arresting Jenks, Sabet crashed his car into an illegally parked car along Oakwood Drive, near North Park Road, Rechenberg said. The owner of the parked car, John Sturm, was also named as a defendant in the suit. "[The officer] was driving negligently," Rechenberg said. "And he absolutely should have been buckled in." Illinois law does not require seat belt usage for adults riding in the back seat of the car while the car is driven by an adult. Court records indicate that officer Sabet was never issued any traffic citations in connection with the crash. The lawsuit is first expected to appear in court in front of McHenry County judge Michael Caldwell in February.

town: Oakwood Hills, Cary

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