The Free Press, Mankato, MN

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February 1, 2012

Family of victims in New Ulm squad car crash likely to sue



State statute decrees that speed limits don’t apply to emergency vehicles responding to emergency calls.

 But the law also requires that law enforcement vehicles in such situations must have an audible siren or display at least one lighted red light. Further, drivers of emergency vehicles must show regard for others’ safety on the street and are not protected from reckless disregard of that safety.

New Ulm Police Chief Myron Wieland said Wednesday he hadn’t had a chance to review the report so he couldn’t comment on whether departmental sanctions might be brought against Rasmussen.

Wichmann said his brother’s death carries a cruel irony: A car accident rendered him handicapped when he was 3.

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