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Ennis business man arrested for assault

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‘There are two sides to story,' he said.
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ENNIS - A local business owner was arrested Jan. 4 on a warrant for two class A misdemeanors, assault causing bodily injury and criminal mischief.

After posting a $5,000 bond for each charge 62-year-old Don Brewer of Ennis was released from the Wayne McCollum Detention Center the next day, according to Ellis County Sheriff Department Capt. Danny Williams.

Mandy Songer of Alma claimed her 16-year-old son Joshua was attacked by Brewer when her son tried to drop a friend off at Brewer's car wash in the 1700 block of W. Ennis Avenue about 2:45 p.m. on New Year's Eve.

Brewer filed a complaint with the Ennis Police Department against the teenager for criminal mischief, 'accusing the child of driving on the grass,' Ennis Det. of Juvenile Services Jeffrey Smith said.

After a message was left at his residence, Brewer called The Ellis County Press and said there were two sides to each story, but when contacted later for his side of events, Brewer declined to comment further.

'I can't comment on anything right now on advice from my lawyer,' Brewer said.

With all the washing bays full, Mandy Songer said her son drove his 1998 Ford F150 on the grass around the bays to get to the rear of the facility where his friend needed to be dropped off.

'He thought it would be okay to get to the back because he saw marks there (on the grass) already,' Songer said.

'He didn't feel like he was doing anything wrong.'

Josh Songer rolled down his window slightly and his mother said that's when Brewer walked up to the truck and the trouble began.

'He soccer punched my son in the face and kicked his truck twice,' Mandy Songer said.

She said her terrified son began trying to get away from Brewer, causing more damage to the grass before getting traction to get onto Ennis Avenue getting away from the business owner.

The mother and Smith said there were no signs posted at the car wash facility stating it was illegal to drive on the grass.

'Granted he shouldn't have been on it (the grass), but there is no curb or signs,' Mandy Songer said.

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