A Leslie County family who lived in Perry County in 2005 has filed suit against the Perry County Sheriff's Office, Deputy Jay Van Vranken, and Perry County, alleging that the deputy sprayed juveniles and the family dog with OC spray, also known as pepper spray.
According to court documents filed in the circuit clerk's office on July 21, the plaintiffs allege that on July 21 of last year Van Vranken entered the home of Angela Lewis “without invitation” and sprayed pepper spray on three juveniles and the family dog within the residence, causing them to sustain personal injuries. The plaintiffs also allege that the deputy failed to render aid to the juveniles.
The plaintiffs further allege that Sheriff Pat Wooton, as administrator to Deputy Van Vranken, “had a ministerial duty to supervise Defendant Van Vranken,” and his alleged failure to do so resulted in harm to the juveniles. Other counts allege that Wooton and Van Vranken violated civil rights of the plaintiffs.
According to court records, the plaintiffs seek a jury trial and compensatory and punitive damages “in an amount that exceeds the minimum jurisdictional limits” of the court.
In an answer filed in the circuit clerk's office on August 3, the defendants in the case deny that Deputy Van Vranken did any wrong doing relating to the incident, and that he did not render aid because there was no need to do so as no OC spray had been released.