I didn't check where he lives, but, here in NY you can't sue a city or gov unless you tell them at least 24 hours in advance that there is a problem!I dont know about sueing them but they certainly are liable for any damages and the bill for removal of the vehicle.
I would have: Cranked the steering wheel to the left as far as possible goosed it in drive, then hit the brakes. Put it in reverse and jammed throttle while releasing brakes (still holding wheel to hard left). No way an old country boy (me) would get stuck on a city street. :no: