The southwest Iowa mayor who was injured in a fit of road rage on Friday evening caught someone breaking into city hall on Saturday morning.
Don Sanney, mayor of the town of Lewis, says he got a call at about 5:30 Saturday morning from a resident who heard alarms going off at City Hall. “By the time I got down there, the one kid was still around there. I called 911 and the law was about five minutes out,” Sanney says. “They finally got there, talked to him.”
On Friday afternoon, Sanney had jumped in his car to chase down a pick-up truck that left the scene of an accident on the highway that runs through town. “I turned the block quicker than he did and went over ’cause I knew about where he was going. He came up the street and I just pulled out and tried to get him stopped. He went around me and slid to a stop. I pulled up there,” Sanney says. “By that time he was at my door. We got into a ltitle confrontation over it. He was spitting in my face and everything. Anyway, well, he just hauled off and started hitting me through the window.”
Sanney was treated and released from a local hospital. Sanney describes it as “a little check-up.” Sanney’s nose had been bloodied and there was blood around his ear, which Sanney says doctors determined was coming from a surface wound and not from his inner ear.
According to Sanney, this isn’t the first time the 19-year-old who’s under arrest for the assault has caused trouble around town. “Last winter he hit the steps in front of my house — the same guy,” Sanney says. Sanney isn’t confident the 19-year-old, who has not been identified by authorities, will spend much time for this latest fracas. “Haul him in, turn him loose,” is Sanney’s prediction.