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Sioux Falls Car Wash Employee Sprayed in Face with Ammonia by Angry Customer

 

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Sioux Falls police say an incident at an east-side car wash on Tuesday morning resulted in assault charges against a Hartford man.

Information Officer Sam Clemens says two officers were getting their patrol vehicles washed at the 10th Street AutaWash around 8:30 am when they heard tires screeching and then saw the driver of a westbound vehicle try to turn into the business.

Clemens says the vehicle missed the driveway and went up over the curb, but the driver backed up and got into line:

“The victim, who was an employee, came to the officers inside the building and said the driver of that vehicle had sprayed some type of cleaner in his eyes,” explained Clemens. “While one officer was dealing with the victim, the other officer went and talked to the suspect who was still in his car. It was a bottle of 409 and the suspect said it was ammonia that was inside that bottle. He really didn’t give a good explanation why he sprayed the guy. The employee just told him to be careful and drive slow in the lot and that’s when the suspect sprayed him in the face.”

Clemens says the suspect elbowed an officer who was trying to get the spray bottle away, but he was taken from his car and handcuffed.

Clemens says 70-year-old Ronnie Lee Medenwaldt of Hartford was charged with aggravated assault, simple assault on law enforcement and resisting arrest.

The car wash employee was treated at a hospital for the injury to his eyes.

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