County to pay medical bill for man hurt in chase

KSN News (file)
KSN News

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Commissioners in Riley County have agreed to pay an outstanding hospital bill for a driver who was badly injured while fleeing from police.

The commission decided to pay $6,300 sought in a lawsuit by Stormont-Vail Healthcare in Topeka, rather than risk a trial.

Marysville resident Jason Fisher suffered severe internal injuries in February 2011 when he rolled a pickup truck while being chased by police. Fisher spent two days at Stormont-Vail, which put the cost of his care at nearly $40,000. Riley County’s liability was reduced to the Medicaid rate.

County officials had questioned the county’s liability because Fisher was not in police custody when he was injured.