April 6, 1995 in Nation/World

Troopers Get Hot Over Assault By Pepper

Compiled From Wire Services

A breakfast cook at a Denny’s was charged with assault for allegedly spiking two Vermont state troopers’ eggs with Tabasco sauce.

Michael Towne, 20, could get up to two years in jail and $4,000 fine.

Troopers Timothy Clouatre and Michael Manning, who had crossed into New Hampshire for breakfast on Feb. 7, said the eggs burned their mouths and upset one officer’s stomach.

Towne claimed that the hot pepper sauce must have been left on the grill from an earlier order, police said.

He was arrested three weeks later.

“We’ve got enough trouble without people screwing around with our food,” said Lebanon police Lt. Ken Lary.

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