KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A sheriff's captain in Tennessee says he shouldn't have been demoted for getting into a drunken fight with a lieutenant.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports Knox County Sheriff's Capt. Brad Hall has filed a grievance over the punishment and what he says was retribution over office politics. Records show Hall went drinking with Lt. Denver Scalf III in April and the two got into a fight, knocking into a bystander's car as Scalf tried to stop Hall from driving.

Three sheriff's office workers helped the duo home and didn't report it to their superiors, as required by department policy. The 29-year department veteran was promoted a week later. He demoted last month after an internal investigation prompted by a memo by one of the workers who helped him home.

Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com

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