FARMINGTON – The family of a teen girl who stole a San Juan Sheriff’s Office patrol vehicle while intoxicated is suing the agency, claiming law enforcement had a duty to place her in protective custody even though she had not committed a crime until she stole the vehicle.
San Juan County denies most of the allegations in the lawsuit and argues the defendants are not liable for the actions of the plaintiffs, including the teen girl, who crashed the vehicle into a ravine and was injured.
Georginda Pierce and Samaria Gray filed the complaint in state district court on Dec. 18 against the San Juan County Board of Commissioners, former Sheriff Ken Christesen and Cpl. Cody Decker.
The complaint seeks an unspecified amount of damages for Gray and Pierce including attorney fees and litigation costs.