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Boulder kidnapping suspect sues Longmont police in unrelated incident

By Vanessa Miller, Camera staff writer
Posted: 07/21/2010 09:00:32 AM MDT

A Lyons teenager who was arrested in October on suspicion of kidnapping is suing the Longmont Police Department and one of its officers in connection with an unrelated incident in which he said the officer hit him with his squad car while driving through an intersection in Longmont.

The accident happened at about 1:20 a.m. Nov. 23 at the intersection of Mountain View Avenue and Lashley Street, according to a lawsuit that Johannes M. Beelner, 19, filed in Boulder County District Court.

Beelner, in the lawsuit, said he was driving east on Mountain View and came to a complete stop at the intersection with Lashley before proceeding into the intersection. Longmont police officer Michael S. Kimbley, who was headed south on Lashley, entered with intersection at the same time, hitting Beelner, according to the lawsuit.

Beelner accuses Kimbley of operating the police vehicle in a negligent and careless manner, driving too fast for the conditions, failing to maintain proper lookout and failing to avoid a vehicle already in the intersection. As a result, Beelner said he suffered permanent injuries to his face, jaw and eye, which have required multiple surgeries, and injuries to other parts of his body, according to the lawsuit.

Beelner said he has a minimum life expectancy and is entitled to compensation for his injuries and other damages for the rest of his life.

Kimbley was not cited in connection with the collision.

About a month before the Longmont collision, Beelner was arrested in Boulder on Oct. 13 on suspicion of second-degree kidnapping in connection of what police called a drug deal gone wrong.

The kidnapping victim, Christopher Somers, was working at Abo's Pizza near the intersection of Iris Avenue and 28th Street when five men — including Beelner, according to police — forced him out of the store and into the passenger seat of his own car. The suspected kidnappers then drove Somers out of Boulder before returning to the Safeway at Iris and 28th Street, where police caught and arrested them.

Somers told officers that a friend had asked him where to buy “weed,” and he had recommended that his friend contact Beelner, police reported. Somers said Beelner led the group of five accused kidnappers, yelling that Somers' friend had “jacked” him, according to police.

Beelner demanded that Somers find the friend, but the friend didn't answer Somers' phone calls, police reported. While using his phone to try to call that friend, Somers told police, he sent a text message to his dad to tell him he was being kidnapped.

Somers told police that he believed Beelner had guns and that Beelner threatened to hurt him and rape his mother. Somers wasn't injured.

Beelner was arrested along with four other men. He has pleaded not guilty and his kidnapping case is scheduled to go to trial Aug. 30.

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Added: Jul-21-2010 Occurred On: Jul-21-2010
By: gregory_peckory
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