Father Of McDonald’s Drive-Thru Rage Suspect Speaks Out
WEST VIEW (KDKA) — The father of a suspect in an assault at a local McDonald’s drive-thru says surveillance video that’s been released doesn’t show everything.
Phil Klinge, father of Melinda Klinge, says things started with the man in the car behind the vehicle his daughter was in. He says the man began screaming and beeping his horn because of the wait at the drive-thru.
One thing led to another, and police say surveillance video shows Melinda Klinge repeatedly hitting another woman with a high-heeled boot.
But Phil Klinge says that other woman actually took off her own boot and began taking hitting his daughter with it. He says his daughter then took the boot from her and began hitting her, but he says the camera only picked up the last part of the encounter.
According to police, the video later shows the woman who had been hit collapsed on the pavement. Police say the man who was with her appears to get his breakfast sandwich at the window and begins eating it before going over to his collapsed friend.
The woman who collapsed was taken to the hospital and needed staples to close a head wound.
While Melinda Klinge is the only person charged, police say two others could eventually be charged as well.
The people in Klinge’s car were dressed in Halloween costumes, including characters from Sesame Street.