FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — A northeastern Indiana county will hire outside attorneys to defend its sheriff in a lawsuit stemming from his altercation last year with a teenage boy during a festival.
Their suit alleges that the sheriff “smelled of alcohol” and pushed their son to the ground, injuring him, when the teen asked to see Gladieux’s VIP pass to a restroom area.
The suit is seeking $300,000 for medical costs, emotional distress and other damages, The Journal Gazette reported.
Allen County’s commissioners on Friday unanimously approved hiring a Fort Wayne law firm to represent Gladieux as an individual in the suit and a Goshen law firm to represent the sheriff in his official capacity.
Allen County Attorney William Fishering said the county attorney’s office has a conflict of interest in the case, in which Gladieux is being sued both in his official capacity as sheriff and individually.