Dough for the doze: City reimburses sleepy chaplain

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March 15, 2004 // UPDATED 9:50 am - April 25, 2007
By: Scott Russell
Scott Russell

The city will pay $14,090 to cover the medical costs of a volunteer police chaplain who had a car accident in a city vehicle after taking a sleeping pill.

The City Council voted Feb. 27 to approve the claim for Barbara Hugo.

According to a Feb. 11 memo from Assistant City Attorney Timothy Skarda:

Hugo was on-call Aug. 6 and was dispatched to a call at 10:30 p.m. She responded, forgetting she had taken a sleeping pill earlier that evening. While driving a city vehicle -- one

she was authorized to use -- she fell asleep and hit the median near I-35W and the 76th Street ramp.

She suffered a pelvic fracture and was hospitalized for three days.

Workers' compensation denied her claim because she violated the city's drug policy. The state's no-fault insurance laws entitle her to compensation, up to $20,000 for medical expenses and $20,000 for present and future income loss.

Volunteer Police Department chaplains provide 24-hour counseling services for citizens and Police Department personnel and their families.