A state appellate court has ruled that a man who went missing in northern New Jersey is not financially responsible for the injuries suffered by a police officer who was hurt while trying to find him.

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The Star-Ledger reports that the ruling made public Tuesday rejected an insurer's attempt to recover more than $43,810 in workers' compensation funds paid to the Chester Township police officer.

The New Jersey Intergovernmental Insurance Fund, on behalf of the town, had sued Dane Almassy and two friends to obtain the payments. The insurer claimed their "negligence" caused officer James Carkhuff's knee injury.

But the appeals panel upheld a state Superior Court decision, which found Almassy had no "care of duty" for the officer.


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