Officer sues over crash that ends career

Published On: Jan 30 2013 11:57:18 AM PST   Updated On: Jan 30 2013 12:06:27 PM PST

A former Coeur d'Alene police detective has sued a police captain who crashed his vehicle into the detective's vehicle while both officers were off duty, resulting in injuries that ended the detective's law enforcement career.

The Coeur d'Alene Press reported Wednesday that Tracy L. Martin retired from the police department on Dec. 5 due to medical complications from the Feb. 1, 2011, accident.

According to the lawsuit, police Capt. Mike S. Calderwood rear-ended Martin as the two were leaving the police station after work. The complaint said Martin was at a stop waiting for traffic when Calderwood, who was distracted by his cell phone, hit the back end of Martin's car.

The complaint, filed in First District Court, seeks judgment in an amount to be proven at trial.