A New Haven man injured after a North Haven police officer struck his motor scooter while in high pursuit of another vehicle has filed a lawsuit against the officer and the town.
In a 24-page lawsuit filed in New Haven Superior Court June 19 but moved to U.S. District Court in New Haven Tuesday, Jose Santini claims that Officer James Brennan was negligent and engaged in an illegal pursuit on June 21, 2015.
The lawsuit states Brennan failed to follow North Haven police pursuit guidelines in that he “initiated, engaged in and furthered a motor vehicle pursuit in violation of” police guidelines; “failed to terminate an illegal, improper and/or unlawful high speed, high risk motor vehicle pursuit”; and “engaged in a pursuit that was unreasonably dangerous to pedestrians and users of the roadway along the route of pursuit.”
While the lawsuit states Brennan was traveling at “a high rate of speed,” it does not say how fast the officer was driving.
Santini, the lawsuit maintains, was thrown off his scooter and knocked unconscious, sustaining numerous injuries that resulted in significant hospital bills for surgery, orthopedic care, CAT scans, X-rays, sutures and injections. Total expenses are not calculated in the lawsuit.
The lawsuit seeks monetary damages, punitive damages and attorney fees.
Santini is represented by Alphonse J. Balzano Jr., owner of the Law Offices of Balzano & Tropiano in New Haven. Balzano was not available for comment Wednesday.
Brennan and North Haven are represented by James N. Tallberg, senior partner of Karsten & Tallberg in Rocky Hill. Tallberg also wasn’t available for comment.
The case is scheduled to be heard in front of U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton.