Sayers was drunk and high on PCP in a stolen Range Rover when Haverford Officer Thomas McDermott tried to stop him. Instead, Sayers sped off, rear-ended Giletta's Volkswagen at more than 100 mph at Haverford and Rugby roads and fled on foot. He pleaded guilty in May 2011 and was sentenced to 13 to 26 years in prison.
Woods spent only two days in jail. But the experience cost him a new job, and months later, he remained unemployed, he said, because of the arrest, which has since been expunged.
"Woods felt afraid, defenseless, helpless, terrorized, and threatened; he was also embarrassed and humiliated for being labeled the 'NOVA KILLER' by various media outlets," the lawsuit states.
Filed last week in federal court in Philadelphia, Woods' suit claims false arrest, false imprisonment, malicious prosecution and emotional distress. Defendants are Haverford Township Police Chief Carmen D. Pettine, Sgt. Daniel Wallower, Detective Jere Goodman and McDermott, who identified Woods as the driver in a photo lineup. Also named is Philadelphia police Detective Timothy McCool.
Woods and attorney Holly C. Dobrosky, who represents him, didn't return calls for comment Thursday from the Daily News.
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