Man charged with assault over leaf- blower use

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- A Bartlett judge has sent a grand jury an assault case involving a leaf blower.

A barber shop employee claimed she saw 33-year-old Michael David Bridgewater Jr. operating a leaf blower and blowing debris onto her car. Kelly Carraway said when she approached Bridgewater, he walked to within three feet of her and aimed the machine's air jets toward her, blowing grass clippings and debris into her face.

The Commercial Appeal reported Carraway said she sought medical attention for respiratory problems in the next few days after the July 5 incident.

Bridgewater didn't testify at a hearing Monday in Bartlett Municipal Court, but his attorney questioned Carraway about her claim that the workman blew a half-inch of debris onto her car.

Join the Conversation!

To comment, the following rules must be followed:

  • No Obscenity, Profanity, Vulgarity, Racism or Violent Descriptions
  • No Negative Community Comparisons
  • No Fighting, Name-calling, or Personal Attacks
  • Multiple Accounts are Not Allowed
  • Stay on Story Topic

Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.

Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Links require admin approval before posting.
Questions may be sent to Please provide detailed information.

powered by Disqus


6450 Papermill Drive Knoxville, TN 37919 Phone - (865) 450-8888; Fax - (865) 450-8869
Copyright © 2014 WVLT-TV Inc. - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 167692655 -
Gray Television, Inc.