Jefferson County man alleges gaming complex sold liquor to intoxicated patron

The SE Texas Record Jul. 5, 2016, 3:12pm


BEAUMONT — A Jefferson County man is suing a gaming complex, alleging unlawful sale of liquor to intoxicated person.

Michael Simmons filed a lawsuit June 21 in Jefferson County District Court against Boyd Gaming Corp., Delta Downs Racetrack Casino and Hotel and Dr. Billy Eston Horton, alleging illegal sale of liquor.

According to the complaint, on May 29, Boyd Gaming and Delta Downs continued to serve alcoholic drinks to Horton even though it was obvious he was intoxicated to the extent that he presented a clear danger to himself and to other persons. After leaving Boyd and Delta, the suit says, Horton attempted to drive himself home and negligently drove the wrong way, where he severely struck Simmons' vehicle, causing severe and permanent disabling injuries to the plaintiff's left clavicle, left finger, left femur, neck and back. 

The plaintiff alleges the defendants continued to serve alcoholic beverage to an obviously intoxicated person, and that Horton carelessly operated his vehicle.

Simmons seeks a trial by jury, damages of between $200,000 and $1 million, pre-judgment interest, attorney fees, legal costs and all other relief to which he is entitled. He is represented by attorneys Newton B. Schwartz Sr., Vincent K. Lo and Mabel Lee-Lo of of Houston.

Jefferson County District Court Case number 198636.

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