Men scuffle at car dealership


— The general manager of a local automobile dealership faces a misdemeanor assault charge for allegedly punching a man Monday afternoon in the dealership's parking lot.

John Leroy Centner was arrested about 2:30 p.m. and booked into the Routt County Jail.

Centner, 41, of Steamboat Springs, faces a charge of third-degree assault. He was advised of the charge Tuesday morning by 14th Judicial District Judge Joel S. Thompson.

Centner, who is president of Routt County Crimestoppers, was released on $750 bond. He told police he punched the man in self-defense after the man assaulted him by striking him in the chest with a truck door, according to an incident report.

The victim told police he went to the dealership to see an employee about a dispute over money the victim said the employee owes him. An argument ensued and Centner intervened, ordering the man to get off the property, records show.

The victim claims that as he was leaving, Centner ran into the truck door and then punched him, records show. Centner said the man hit him with the truck door.

The man left and drove to the Routt County Sheriff's Office to report the fight.

The man was bleeding from the left side of his face, the bridge of his nose and his right ear, records show.


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