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Man claims couple didn't flood Pheasant Hill Inn

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - A Spokane Valley hotel's renovation project took a big hit early Wednesday morning after a couple, celebrating their anniversary, got into an argument and two sprinkler heads in their hotel room were broken, flooding the hotel.

The Pheasant Hill Inn says the damage done to the hotel was in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, which comes on the heels of a six-month long renovation project. Now they'll have to do another renovation to clean up the damage.

Danial Peters and his wife Danielle Wozniak paid about $100 for a hotel room at the Pheasant Hill Inn and left their room a shambles before checkout time.

Man claims couple didn't flood Pheasant Hill Inn

"Literally hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage, basically all three floors were flooded, all the furniture, appliance, bedding was destroyed," Spokane County Sheriff Deputy Craig Chamberlin said.

The hotel says only 27 of its 104 rooms weren't damaged from fire retardant in the water from the sprinklers. Cleaning crews were still on hand Thursday cleaning up the damage.

"I don't even remember doing any real, major damage I really don't ... it all happened so fast," suspect Danial Peters said in an interview at the Spokane County Jail.

Peters says he doesn't know why the sprinklers went off in the room Wednesday morning, but according to court documents, he said he broke the sprinklers in an attempt to get help from the people after him. He echoed many times in the interview that he doesn't remember what happened.

"I really can't remember one way or the other if I did … I can't remember why they went off first," he said.

Peters insisted he wasn't high but court documents also say that his wife Danielle Wozniak said he destroyed their room after the couple used meth.

He claims the only damage he did was break a lamp.

"I'm telling you this, me and my wife did not do hundreds of thousands of dollars of damage to that hotel room, I know that for a fact," he said.

Peters and Wozniak were both booked into the Spokane County Jail on a felony malicious mischief charge and had their first appearance in court Thursday.

Bond was set at $5,000 for Peters and $2,500 for his wife. They'll have their next court appearance in two weeks.