Lawsuit alleges trooper crashed into motorcyclist on purpose

A Las Vegas motorcyclist wants the federal Justice Department to investigate whether a Nevada Highway Patrol trooper violated his civil rights and used excessive force in a crash last month on a Southern Nevada freeway on-ramp.

Attorney Stephen Stubbs filed a complaint Monday that says his client, 39-year-old Allah Shah Lindsey, received a serious leg injury when an NHP patrol cruiser driven by Trooper Colter Shane Earl crashed into his motorcycle late Oct. 8.

Stubbs alleges the crash in the median emergency lane on the 215 Beltway at Rainbow Road was intentional.

He says Earl may have hit Lindsey because Lindsey is black.

Trooper Chelsea Stuenkel declined comment on behalf of the highway patrol.

She says the crash is being investigated and Earl remains on the job.