Michael Sams of Canton filed a lawsuit against Richard Todd Haney, along with a motion for summary judgment, Monday, March 14 in Polk County Superior Court.
The motion for summary judgment is an attempt to get the dispute before a judge for an immediate ruling.
Documents state he is seeking $24,115 from Haney, plus legal costs and any other damages the court deems proper.
The suit stems from Sams buying a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro for $15,000 from Haney in 2007. According to court documents, the car was legally purchased from Sammy Nuccio in New Orleans, La.
Sams claims he agreed to have the car restored by auto shop students at Cedartown High School under Haney’s supervision. He paid an additional $9,000 to the school for the work, according to court papers filed in a previous suit against the Polk County School District.
The car was taken in a raid targeting chop shops in 2009. While others arrested in the raid have pleaded in their cases rooted in the raids, Haney’s case has not gone to court.
The car, according to Sams, remains in the Polk County Police Department impound lot. However, federal officials took control of the car last December.
Law enforcement officials have told Sams the car cannot be released because it is evidence in the chop shop case, Sams states in various letters and documents.
Sams sued the school district last year and that case has since been settled.