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S.C. teen accused of tossing burrito at driver in Hernando County


Teen tosses burrito at driver, deputies say

First, an object, possibly a bottle, hit the windshield. But it was a burrito that flew through the driver's-side window and smacked John Addie, authorities say.

Addie couldn't catch up to a teen in a white Dodge who is accused of chucking the items at him. But he got the vehicle's tag number, and that was enough.

A 15-year-old boy from South Carolina faces a felony charge of throwing a deadly missile. He is accused of trying to hit Addie as part of what was described as a "prank" Saturday afternoon. The teen, who isn't being named because he is a juvenile, was booked into the Hernando County Jail and then taken to the state Department of Juvenile Justice holding facility in Ocala.

It wasn't clear if the teen remained in custody Monday.

Authorities say Addie, 46, was heading south on Shoal Line Boulevard about 2:30 p.m. when he stopped to turn onto Calienta Street. Addie said that as a white Dodge going south on Shoal Line passed his vehicle, a hard object struck his windshield and a burrito came through his window.

Addie told deputies that he saw a white male in the rear seat of the Dodge throw the objects, so he began following the vehicle to take down the tag number. After the driver of the Dodge "became reckless," authorities say, Addie stopped his pursuit and called the Hernando County Sheriff's Office.

Addie suffered no injuries in the incident. But there was a chip in the windshield from the hard object, authorities say.

Using the tag information, deputies responded to a home in the Royal Highlands area. There, they spoke with the teenage owner of the car, who said one of his friends threw the burrito as a "prank," deputies said. The car owner said he didn't know a bottle had been thrown.

Later, deputies caught up with the teen who was driving the Dodge and at Spring Hill Lanes with the teen who is accused of throwing the burrito. The 15-year-old boy admitted to throwing the burrito, but not anything else.

Deputies arrested the teen, who was visiting from South Carolina with his father, at the bowling alley and took him to jail.


Boy, 13, is arrested in assault on deputy

A 13-year-old boy was arrested on a charge of assault and battery on a law enforcement officer after the teen struck a Hernando deputy on his right forearm, according to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office.

The boy, who isn't being identified because of his age, was taken into custody Sunday evening and then taken to the county jail. He was later released to the custody of his parents.

According to the arrest report, the teen's mother had called the Sheriff's Office about 7:30 p.m. to come speak with her son about stealing. The mother said her son had taken a bicycle, but later returned it to the owner.

When the deputy spoke with the mother and her son in front of their home in the 1400 block of Meredith Street, he "observed that the (boy) was disrespectful toward his mother, telling her to 'shut up.' " The boy then tried to walk away as his mother continued to talk, the report said.

The deputy told the boy to come back and stand in front of his mother while she spoke, but the teen refused and continued walking away.

The deputy then placed his hand on the boy's right shoulder and "lightly" held his right arm, directing him back toward his mother.

The boy pulled away from the deputy and used his left elbow to hit the deputy's right forearm, the report said.

The deputy arrested the teen.

S.C. teen accused of tossing burrito at driver in Hernando County 10/12/09 [Last modified: Monday, October 12, 2009 9:07pm]
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