By Lauren Takores
NORTH HAVEN — A civil case over an accident involving a town police officer may be headed to trial.
Jose M. Santini, of New Haven, alleges Officer James Brennan struck him with his cruiser while pursing him on Middletown Avenue on June 21, 2015. Santini was thrown from the scooter and injured, according court documents.
The defense denies all liability and refutes Santini’s claims that Brennan pursued him at a high rate of speed and acted negligent or careless.
Santini, who is seeking at least $15,000 in damages, is currently confined in the Willard-Cybulski Correctional Institution in Enfield, serving a sentence for third-degree felony attempt to commit burglary and misdemeanor possession of burglar tools.
The defense filed a claim for jury trial on Jan. 5.