ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) — A man who survived a police chase that ended in a fiery crash with three dead has sued the Montgomery
County police department.

The Washington Post reports that a lawsuit seeking more than $10 million in damages was filed on behalf of Reeco Richardson.

Richardson, 18, was the front-seat passenger in a Toyota Echo that slammed into a tree, bursting into flames, in the culmination of a police chase at Chevy Chase Circle last month. Officers drove after the vehicle in a high-speed chase after the car had been reported stolen.

Richardson alleges in the suit that a police cruiser rammed the car, causing it to catch fire. Three teenagers died.

A police spokesman says the department believes that no police cruiser ever came into contact with the Echo.

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