theodore gunderson jr

Theodore L. Gunderson Jr.

A Montgomery County man is facing aggravated assault and threats charges after a dispute over cucumbers Sunday at a New Holland fast food restaurant.

Theodore L. Gunderson Jr., 58, of Lansdale, threw a salad at and threatened to kill an employee around 4 p.m. at Wendy's, 804 W. Main St., according to an arrest affidavit filed by New Holland police Officer Michael Specht.

Gunderson was upset because he felt the salad didn't contain enough cucumbers and told the employee, "If I had a gun or a knife you would be the first to go," the affidavit states.

By the time police arrived, Gunderson had gotten in his vehicle. He refused to roll down the window or get out of the car, police said.

He eventually lowered the window, at which point police told him he was under arrest. Gunderson placed the key in the ignition prompting an officer to reach into the vehicle in an attempt to grab the keys, officials said.

Gunderson was able to start the car and began driving away with the officer's arm still inside the vehicle, according to the affidavit. The officer had to take multiple steps in order to keep from tripping and possible falling under the moving car, police said.

Lt. Jonathan Heisse said the officer wasn't injured.

Gunderson was subsequently arrested and charged with aggravated assault, terroristic threats, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. He was arraigned early Monday by District Judge Jayne Duncan and committed to Lancaster County Prison in lieu of $10,000 bail, court papers show.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 9 before District Judge Rodney Hartman.