He says he was forced to quit his career after the 1997 accident left him suicidal An ex-police officer who claimed he was forced to give up his career after a car accident left him depressed and suicidal is seeking more than $10 million in damages. The Court of First Instance heard yesterday that Wan Chi-ko, 32, was escorting a prisoner in a police car on July 24, 1997, when it crashed at 120km/h. He suffered a severe fractured dislocation of the left wrist that required surgery to pin it back into position. The screws were left in for two years, causing him constant pain, the court heard. Mr Wan's lawyer, Wong Chi-kwong, said that since the accident, his client's mental condition had deteriorated, with his clinical history marked by periods in psychiatric institutions, suicide attempts and hallucinations. He had been diagnosed as suffering from depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and schizophrenia, the court heard. Mr Wong said the main issue for Deputy High Court Judge Michael McMahon to decide was whether his client's mental condition was a result of the car accident. He said the government, represented in the name of the secretary for justice and the car driver, Cheng Chee, contended that Mr Wan was already suffering from mental illness before the crash. The court has yet to hear a breakdown of the damages sought. Mr Wong said his client was an intelligent man with a promising career in the force when the accident turned his life upside down. The prognosis for his client finding a suitable job were 'not good'. Mr Wan told the court yesterday that his wife had deserted him three years ago after he beat her and drowned her dog. Their three-year-old daughter is being cared for by Mr Wan's eldest sister, while he lives at home with his mother. Mr Wan told the court that several months after the accident, he visited the force's psychologist complaining of poor sleep and nightmares about the incident. In November 1997, he went to the accident and emergency department at Prince of Wales Hospital demanding a pain-killing injection for his wrist injury. When it was not given, Mr Wan said he slashed his right wrist in a suicide attempt. The court heard that Mr Wan was confined to desk duty once he returned from sick leave after a police psychologist recommended he not carry a gun. He eventually resigned in March 2000 because he believed a welfare officer hinted that it might have been the best option for him as there was no career advancement for anyone who was not permitted to carry a weapon. The hearing continues today.