A Gary woman spent 46 days in Porter County Jail because authorities mistook her for someone else, a court complaint states.
Now Gloria Blue, 47, is pursuing a lawsuit against the Porter County Sheriff's Department for damage done to her finances and well-being during her incarceration. The plaintiff complaint states Blue lost her job, her car, fell behind on bills and incurred mental and emotional stress.
Blue was arrested in Hazel Crest, Ill., on Jan. 29 and was held in Porter County Jail from Feb. 1 to March 18, and was charged with three counts of delivery of cocaine, a Level 4 felony. On March 19, her charges were dismissed “due to mistaken identity."
According to court records, on March 18, officers reviewed video footage and concluded that Blue was not involved in the drug deals that she was arrested for.
Court records show that along with the Sheriff's Department, Blue is also suing Porter County, Porter County officer Tim Manteuffel and Porter County Jail Cmdr. Steve Lawrence.
The Porter County Sheriff's Department did not respond to The Times' requests for comment Friday.
The plaintiff complaint states that authorities detained her “even though it was obvious, based on information available to him and other jail officials, that there had been a mistaken identity.” According to the document, Blue repeatedly told jail officials that they were holding the wrong person, but “no one took her seriously.”
Ivan Bodensteiner, Blue's attorney, did not respond to The Time's request for comment as of Friday.
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