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Edwardsville cop sues over attack at Big Daddy's

By Kelly Holleran | May 6, 2013

An Edwardsville police officer who was attacked by an intoxicated patron at an Edwardsville bar seeks nearly $500,000 for the incident.

Andrew J. Feller and his wife, Kimberly Feller, filed a lawsuit April 29 in Madison County Circuit Court against BubbaSliceBone doing business as Big Daddy’s Edwardsville, Steven J. Siebert, Timothy J. Bauer, James J. Sinovic Jr., Arthur Risavy and Traig Henson.

In their complaint, the Fellers allege Edwardsville police officer Andrew Feller had been called to Big Daddy’s Edwardsville on April 29, 2012, to attempt to break up an altercation in the bar’s parking lot. Henson had been visiting the bar, where he became intoxicated, according to the complaint.

“That as a direct and proximate result of the intoxication, and without provocation of any kind by Feller, co-defendant Traig Henson then maliciously and wantonly assaulted and attacked Feller, striking him and violently holding onto him, on and about his back, torso, knee and other musculature,” the suit states.

Because of the incident, Andrew Feller became sick, sore, lame and disordered; experienced pain and suffering; and incurred medical costs, the complaint says. He also claims he suffered disability, lost wages and lost his earning capacity.

Due to her husband’s injuries, Kimberly Feller has been deprived of his society, companionship, love, affection and support, according to the complaint.

The Fellers name Siebert, Bauer and Sinovic as defendants, saying they owned the bar where Andrew Feller was attacked. Risavy leased the premises to the bar’s owners.

They also named the bar as a defendant, saying it permitted its patrons to become intoxicated and disorderly, failed to control is patrons, did not take reasonable affirmative action to protect against the misconduct of individuals, sold alcoholic beverages to Henson when it knew he was intoxicated, failed to prevent harm to its patrons when it knew Henson was intoxicated and failed to warn its patrons of Henson’s disorderly conduct.

In their complaint, the Fellers seek a judgment of more than $400,000, plus costs and other relief the court deems just.

D. Jeffrey Ezra of Ezra and Associates in Collinsville will be representing them.

Madison County Circuit Court case number: 13-L-649.

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