New Mexico City Refuses To Pay For Damage From ‘Bait’ Car

August 30, 2013

Albuquerque refuses to pay for damage to a New Mexico home struck by a city-owned bait car driven by teens, directing the homeowner to turn to his insurance policy to recover the costs for the damages.

Bait cars are vehicles deployed to catch thieves.

Peter Kopczuk says the bait car crashed into his home on July 15, shoving his wife’s car into a wall and damaging the garage and a bathroom.

The city told Kopczuk that he has resort to his homeowners insurance for the nearly $11,000 of damage.

City Attorney David Tourek told KRQE-TV that liability lies with the teens who caused the crash by switching seats as they drove drunk in a stolen vehicle.

Kopczuk said police shouldn’t have allowed the bait car to enter a residential neighborhood.

Tourek said the officer was awaiting backup and that there was no immediate threat to public safety.

Latest Comments

  • September 3, 2013 at 4:33 pm
    Libby says:
    If I, as an auto owner, leave my keys in the car and it is stolen by someone and they do damage, am I to be held responsible? Should I have known the car was not only going to... read more
  • September 3, 2013 at 4:28 pm
    Libby says:
    You're assuming the City of Albuquerque has an insurance policy. They are, in all probability, self-insured.
  • September 3, 2013 at 2:09 pm
    Jon says:
    Not my post. This is why IJ should have registered accounts for commenting. And other Jon--you are also incorrect. The city is self-insured. The car having insurance is not ev... read more
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