Men charged with throwing beer can at police

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say two men were arrested after they threw an unopened 16-ounce can of Bud Light at an unmarked police vehicle.

Tampa police Cpl. Richard Blasioli was on duty early Thursday morning, driving an unmarked 2001 Ford Expedition, when he saw a 1999 Toyota Solara cruising the wrong way down a road. He says the driver, 28-year-old Andrew Rickert, swerved the car toward the
police vehicle, and 24-year-old Charles Patton Thomas III leaned out of the passenger window and threw the can, hitting Blasioli's right front fender.

Officers arrested the pair within minutes.

Both men were charged with throwing a deadly missile at an occupied vehicle, and Thomas faces an additional drug possession charge.

They were later released on bail.


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