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Police sergeant sues state police for false arrest

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Robert Koistinen sued state police. (WFSB photo) Robert Koistinen sued state police. (WFSB photo)

A police sergeant from Windsor Locks has sued state police in connection with a deadly crash that involved his son.

Robert Koistinen claimed he was falsely arrested after his son Michael Koistinen's crash in 2010. He also said in the 28-page suit that information was left out of the department's report, including witness statements that said the victim was partially to blame.

The younger Koistinen, who was also a member of the police department, has been serving a five and a half prison sentence for striking and killing 15-year-old Henry Dang. Dang was riding his bike at the time.

Investigators suspected that Michael Koistinen was drunk at the time, but the suit claims a breathalyzer was never performed.

Robert Koistinen was accused of driving his son back and forth from the scene to the police station at least twice before taking him to the hospital.

Robert Koistinen was fired two years ago, but was later cleared of hindering prosecution charges. The town of Windsor Locks was ordered last month by the Connecticut State Board of Mediation to rehire him.

The suit was filed in Hartford Superior Court. It said Robert Koistinen was seeking monetary damages.

It also claimed Dang was at fault based on the way the teen was riding, according to an eyewitness.

"The bicyclist was traveling in the westbound lane and her first impression was that the bicyclist must be drunk based on the manner in which he was operating," the suit claimed.

Robert Koistinen was being paid $70,000 a year and could get that salary and more back just through the state's ruling last month.

State police did not want to comment on the case.

The town's police commission planned to meet on March 12 at Town Hall to decide to appeal or accept the order to rehire Robert Koistinen.

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