State not responsible for damages after police chases end

(Photo: WKRN)
(Photo: WKRN)

ROBERTSON COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Robertson County man is searching for answers months after a police chase ended with a motorcycle crashing into his fence.

Police reports indicate the motorcycle was being driven by Tommy Arthur Mantolo on the evening of June 29.

A Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper had initiated a pursuit of the motorcycle but terminated the chase because speeds became dangerous.

Moments later, the motorcycle left Clarity Road and crashed through a fence.

(Photo: WKRN)
(Photo: WKRN)

The property owner, who only wanted to be identified as Paul, says months later he still hasn’t figured out who will pay for the damages.

Once the police pursuit is ended, the State of Tennessee is no longer responsible for any damages.

Mantolo was charged with, among other things, not having insurance.

So Paul, who is losing his vision and spends most of his money on doctor visits, is on the hook for the hundreds of dollars in damage to his fence.

“I think (the driver) ought to show up and man up and take care of his damage,” Paul told News 2.

Mantolo was also charged with evading arrest and reckless driving.

THP officials say people whose property is damaged by uninsured motorists can attempt to collect damages in civil court. Residents can also file a claim with the Tennessee Board of Claims to try and seek financial restitution.