EAST ST. LOUIS — A man is suing the Richland County (Illinois) Sheriff's Department, Sheriff Andrew R. Hires, Deputy Scott McPeak and Richland County, citing alleged violation of civil rights.
Christopher Hickox filed a complaint on June 14 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois against the defendants, alleging that they falsely accused him of causing an accident.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on June 14, 2015, he was accused of having a seizure that caused a vehicular crash and had his driver's license revoked along with his class B commercial driver's license. The plaintiff also incurred medical expenses and other damages, the suit says. He holds the defendants responsible because they allegedly falsified the report about the cause of the crash.
The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks general damages, punitive damages, all legal fees and any other relief the court deems just. He is represented by Christopher A. Koester of Taylor Law Offices, P.C. in Effingham.
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois case number 3:16-cv-00645-JPG-DGW