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Helena Area News

Jun 17, 2013 9:30 PM by Melissa Anderson - MTN News

Man pepper-sprayed by hotel clerk after allegedly assaulting wife

HELENA - Bryan Neil Arvidson is facing a felony charge of partner/family member assault after an overnight incident at a Helena hotel.

Helena police responded to a 911 call at around 12:30 am at the La Quinta Inn.

When they arrived, they found Arvidson in the parking lot, covered in red, claiming that he had been shot.

Police later found that Arvidson had been pepper-sprayed in the face by the hotel clerk after allegedly assaulting his (Arvidson's) estranged wife, who was staying in one of the rooms.

Helena Police Chief Troy McGee said, "He was leaving the room and he was calling for help down at the front desk and one of the clerks came up and encountered this male. And he took a swing at him, according to the clerk, the suspect did. And the clerk had some pepper spray for self-defense and sprayed this person with pepper spray."

Authorities say that the hotel clerk was well within his rights to use pepper spray in his defense after Arvidson took a swing at him.

Arvidson was charged with felony partner/family member assault and misdemeanor assault and was released on his own recognizance.

He faces a mandatory 30 days in jail if convicted.

Arvidson was also directed not to have contact with his wife and two small children, who were also staying at the motel.

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