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News BYTES: Scottsdale OKs pursuit of out-of-court settlement involving 2020 police officer accident

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A view of Scottsdale City Council at a recent public hearing at Scottsdale City Hall. (Photos: Arianna Grainey/
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Scottsdale City Council has approved the City Attorney’s Office to pursue a $75,000 out-of-court settlement stemming from claims against the municipality a result of a July 2020 vehicle accident involving a Scottsdale police officer.

The claims made against the municipality came following a July 2020 multi-vehicle accident at the intersection of Frank Lloyd Wright and Northsight boulevards where allegedly a Scottsdale police officer rear-ended another driver resulting in injury to both the drive and passenger.

The formal approval of mediated out-of-court settlements was unanimously approved June 7, at Scottsdale City Hall, in cases Thompson v. City of Scottsdale, Case No. CV2021-052509; and Chong v. City of Scottsdale; Case No. CV2021-010548.

Both cases are pending at Maricopa County Superior Court, records show. The City Council report states the settlement amounts are $45,000 for Ms. Thompson and $30,000 for Ms. Chong, according to Scottsdale City Attorney Sherry R. Scott.

Records at Maricopa County Superior Court show two claims filed against the city for a combined $175,000 to settle.

Between Risk Management and the City Attorney’s Office, the formal recommendation was to move forward with the settlement approval, which City Council obliged Tuesday, June 7, at City Hall, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd.

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