Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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April 1, 2013

BCSO faces additional federal suit in 2014


Facing one federal trial at the end of this month, the Barren County Sheriff’s Office already has another federal trial scheduled for spring of 2014.

Barren County Sheriff Chris Eaton and deputies Chris Wyatt, Rodney Sponhouse and Aaron Bennett face federal charges of deprivation of rights, assault, battery, malicious prosecution and failure to train as a result of a 2011 incident.

Mark Smith filed the civil lawsuit in the U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky on Aug. 17, 2012, alleging mistreatment at the hands of Wyatt, Sponhouse and Bennett.

Smith was driving along Tompkinsville Road on Aug. 19, 2011, when he ran out of gas, according to his statement in court documents filed by his attorney, Laura E. Landenwich of Louisville. Unable to get enough gas to restart the car, Smith sought out the landowner and was granted permission to leave his vehicle overnight.

Smith returned to his vehicle, and found Wyatt on site. According to Landenwich’s documents, Wyatt told Smith he owned the property, and asked Smith to complete a field sobriety test. Smith refused, citing an old ankle injury. Wyatt called Sponhouse and Bennett for back up, and they also asked Smith to do the test.

Read more of this story in the print or e-Edition of Monday's Glasgow Daily Times.


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