A Swanville man involved in a 2015 crash with a Belfast police cruiser is suing the city for unspecified damages to cover medical bills.

Mark Belleisle was driving his motorcycle southbound on Route 1 near the south end of Veterans' Memorial Bridge when he collided with a cruiser driven by Sgt. Matthew Cook, who was attempting a U-turn on the narrow median strip to pursue a motorist traveling in the opposite direction.

Cook's cruiser was perpendicular to the roadway when the crash occurred. An investigation by Waldo County Sheriff's Office found that the officer was at fault but had not broken any laws.

Belleisle's attorney, Dan Stevens of Stevens & Day, filed a notice of complaint with the city's insurer Jan. 12 naming Cook and the city of Belfast.

In an email to The Republican Journal, Stevens said his client sustained "major injuries" from the crash, including a head injury and four leg injuries.

"He was LifeFlighted to EMMC where he had three surgeries, including the insertion of rods, nails and screws in his leg," Stevens said. "Mr. Belleisle was in the hospital for a week and continues to suffer the effects of his injuries."

Stevens said he is asking the city's insurer "to fairly compensate Mr. Belleisle for his injuries, including the medical expenses (which were very significant)."

Maine law caps awards in claims of negligence by government employees at $400,000. Stevens would not disclose a specific amount that Belleisle is seeking, saying that it would have to be determined by a jury, but he called the cap "unfortunate."

The city is insured through Maine Municipal Association's property and casualty pool and is represented in this case by Ed Benjamin of Drummond Woodsum. Parties are scheduled to meet in Portland April 13 for mandatory mediation.