Man gets money back after police chase damage

WEST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– A West Haven man turned to News 8 for help after he was stuck in the middle of a high speed police chase and he wasn’t even the suspect. Now, he’s getting back the money he had to pay to get his car fixed.

A letter from the State Attorney General’s Office said he would get back his deductible and the $25 he paid to file a claim with the Claims Commissioner. It’s dated January 8th, just two days after our report aired.

Back in May, Richard Esposito blew out his two tires after running over stop sticks while State Police were chasing a suspect.

Richard Esposito
Richard Esposito

In June, his insurance company, Safeco, wrote a letter to the Connecticut State Police in an attempt to get back Esposito’s deductible.

Months later, still no answer. In October, Safeco told Esposito he would have to file a claim with the Office of the Claims Commissioner.

His claim was sent to the Attorney General’s Office, who had an attorney assigned to represent the state during the investigation.

Well, in late December, News 8 had the State Department of Insurance get involved.

Then, January 8th, the good news was he would get his money back, but not the $25 to file the police report or the $106 wear and tare.

“Judging by what I heard from the young lady at the Claim’s Commissioners Office, this could’ve went on for two years and quite honestly, I think that’s totally unacceptable. So, I do thank you for your help and once again, you people have our back,” said Esposito.

Esposito said it once, and he said it again, it’s not so much about the money. It was just the frustration of being told it could take up to two years to get an answer. He says he will donate it to a state police fund of their choice.

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