It's hard to separate a Texan from his pickup truck, and when Bryant Jarnagin's Ford F-150 was repossessed, the man claims he suffered "severe emotional distress." The incident has led him to sue Southern Ford (Central Ford Inc.), the dealership that sold him the truck.

Jarnagin filed his lawsuit with the Jefferson County District Court on July 9. Judge Gary Sanderson, 60th Judicial District, will preside over the case.

According to the plaintiff's original petition, Jarnagin purchased the truck on March 23, 2006. "Defendant had agreed and represented to plaintiff that the vehicle was his to own and use."

On April 14, 2006, three weeks later, the dealership sent two agents to "seize" the truck, the suit said. "Defendant by its act of seizing the vehicle intentionally inflicted severe emotional distress upon plaintiff."

The suit also says Jarnagin received personal injuries as a result of the defendant's negligence, but did not give specifics on how exactly he was injured.

"As a�result of the defendant's tortuous conduct," Jarnagin has suffered damages, including the lose of the vehicle, out-of-pocket expenses, personal injuries, mental anguish and emotional distress, the suit said. He is suing for exemplary damages.

Jarnagin is requesting a trial by jury and is represented by attorney Curtis Leister of the Reaud, Morgan & Quinn law firm.

Case No. B179-625

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