Edgerton v. Town of Clinton

860-249-1361 x 143

Edgerton v. Town of Clinton: Plaintiff was a passenger in a car that fled the scene of a motor vehicle accident. The victim of that accident followed the plaintiff’s car and called in the plate to the Clinton Police dispatcher. The dispatcher determined the owner of the fleeing vehicle while the hit and run victim continued to pursue the hit and run driver. The fleeing vehicle thereafter left the road at a high rate of speed, striking a tree and causing serious injury to the plaintiff. The Plaintiff sued the Clinton dispatcher for negligent failure to order the hit and run victim to stop pursuing the fleeing vehicle. The defendant raised an immunity defense based on the acts of a police dispatcher being discretionary. The jury returned a verdict for the plaintiff, however, the verdict was overturned by the Connecticut Supreme Court, which held the Dispatcher was entitled to governmental immunity.