Winston Hayes is the luckiest man in Los Angeles. Fortunately for him, the court system randomly seated the dumbest jurors in all of L.A. County, who awarded him $1.3 million in his case against the Sheriff’s Department for using “excessive force” against him at the end of a 2005 car chase.
Winston Hayes, 46, suffered nine bullet wounds when deputies fired 120 shots at him at the end of a low-speed pursuit on May 9, 2005. More than half the bullets hit Hayes’ vehicle.*
Hayes, who had used both cocaine and marijuana the night of the chase, was fired upon after his SUV “lurched forward and struck a patrol car” as officers approached him. Previous to the incident, Hayes had been convicted for “arson, assault, theft and resisting arrest.”
No word if the Sheriff’s department can countersue Hayes for using excessive force himself… that is, if attacking law enforcement with an SUV is considered excessive. [source: Yahoo! News via Associated Press, photo from LA Times]
*Yep, “half!” How do you miss a freakin’ SUV?!