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Cleaner in beer left ex-cop severely injured: lawsuit

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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — A retired New Jersey police officer is suing an Atlantic City restaurant, alleging a draft beer he ordered three years ago contained a corrosive cleaner that severely injured him.

Fifty-three-year-old Richard Washart says one swig of the beer at McCormick and Schmick’s in Harrah’s Atlantic City led him to immediately feel a searing pain and vomit blood. The lawsuit says he was hospitalized for a week and the liquid had burned away part of his stomach lining.

McCormick & Schmick says the allegation is “baseless” and says there’s no evidence proving the restaurant did anything wrong. It says no one else got ill drinking the beer.

The suit also names a beer distributor it says had cleaned the beer lines. Kramer Beverage says it wasn’t there the day Washart was injured.