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Hamilton Co. Deputy files lawsuit against restaurant chain over 'coke float' incident

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WTVC) - A Hamilton County Sheriff's Deputy has filed a lawsuit that claims what a waitress put in his drink could have cost him his job.

The deputy is asking for $150,000 from Debo's Diners, Inc., which operates a chain of Steak n' Shake restaurants in Tennessee.

WTVC first told you about Deputy Ricky E. Wolfe's story back in May 2017.

Wolfe was a late-night customer at the Steak & Shake restaurant at 5118 Hixson Pike while he was off-duty. Wolfe later told investigators that he discovered a small baggie of cocaine in his water. Police say surveillance video showed a waitress dropping a small bag of cocaine in the glass before serving it. Wolfe says he took a sip and noticed it tasted funny. He then took off the drink's lid, and spotted the baggie of cocaine.

Officers arrested a waitress, Jekievea Monchell Yearby, and charged her with assault, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Yearby will appear in court this coming Friday on the criminal charges in Hamilton County Criminal Court Judge Don Poole's courtroom.

Wolfe's lawsuit, filed this week, claims the incident could have turned out much differently for him. The lawsuit, filed by attorney Robin Flores, says ""This breach exposed the plaintiff to an unreasonable and foreseeable risk of his losing his employment. Had plaintiff not found the baggie of cocaine in his beverage, consumed the cocaine, and later tested positive for cocaine by his employer, he would have most certainly been terminated from his employment."

Read the full lawsuit below:

This is a developing story. Depend on WTVC to keep you posted.

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