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Sep 13, 2010 8:36 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Judge weighs lawsuit against Colorado State Patrol

A judge is weighing a lawsuit against the Colorado State Patrol that alleges a trooper's high-speed pursuit of a suspect was the reason for a crash that killed a pregnant woman's unborn child.

Mesa County Judge David Bottger will determine after a four-day hearing in April whether the lawsuit against the State Patrol merits going forward. The lawsuit filed by Shea and Sean Lehnen argues that the trooper's pursuit of a speeding suspect was the "proximate cause" of the accident in 2007 that killed their unborn baby.

The trooper was trying to arrest 26-year-old Logan Lage. Lage's Jeep collided with the car driven by the Lehnen family. Lage pleaded guilty to child abuse resulting in death and was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

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