The lawsuit, filed in 2nd Judicial District Court on Dec. 27, came just a week before the third anniversary of the traffic stop that left Golson — a 31-year veteran of the Albuquerque Police Department — with lasting injuries.
According to the lawsuit, Cook arrived at That Car Place, a used car dealership located on Wyoming near Lomas, on Jan. 2, 2015, and asked to test drive an SUV. But when employees left Cook alone with the running, unlocked vehicle, he took off.
Golson alleges dealership employees never asked to see Cook’s license, nor did they perform a background check on him. If they had, the lawsuit argues, they would have learned that Cook had a criminal record and a suspended or revoked license. And the dealership did not have security measures in place to stop Cook, or anyone else, from taking their vehicles, the suit alleges.
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