NORTH HAVEN — The town is asking to dismiss a civil case involving a town police officer.
Jose M. Santini, of New Haven, alleges North Haven Police Officer James Brennan struck him with his cruiser while pursing him on Middletown Avenue on June 21, 2015. Santini was thrown from the scooter he was riding and injured, according to court documents. He began legal action against Brennan and the Town of North Haven a year ago.
The town denies all liability and refutes Santini’s claims that Brennan pursued him at a high rate of speed and acted negligent or careless, court documents state.
Karsten & Tallberg, the law firm representing Brennan and the town, filed the summary judgment motion on Aug. 27.
“The defendants were engaged in purely discretionary conduct,” the motion says, “and did not violate any ministerial duty in pursuing the plaintiff. As a result, the defendants are protected by governmental immunity, which is applicable to bar plaintiff’s negligence claims.”
The motion further says the “plaintiff’s own negligence was the proximate cause of the injuries and property damage alleged in his complaint.”
Santini, who is seeking at least $15,000 in damages, is currently confined in the Walter S. Brooks House, a work release program in New Haven, serving a sentence for a third-degree burglary conviction.
A trial management conference is scheduled for March 5, 2019. A jury selection and trial is scheduled for March 21, 2019.
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