A man who suffered an eye injury clearing trails as part of court-ordered community service has sued Polk County, saying it failed to provide proper tools and safety equipment.
The Salem Statesman Journal reports (http://stjr.nl/18pfgKK ) the suit filed in federal court in Portland by Theadore T. Sussan of Dallas seeks an unspecified amount of damages.
The suit says Sussan was clearing trails at a park in Rickreall in August 2012 when a supervisor told him to break a tree with his bare hands. The suit says the tree swung back and hit Sussan in the right eye, requiring "numerous surgeries" and causing a loss of vision.
The suit said Sussan had been convicted of delivery of methadone and sentenced to probation and 120 hours of community service.