Two men found out this morning that a beer causes legal headaches after police said they used an unmarked patrol vehicle as a chaser.
Tampa police Cpl. Richard Blasioli was on duty about 3:20 a.m., driving an unmarked 2001 Ford Expedition, when he stopped at a traffic light.
He noticed a 1999 Toyota Solara cruising north on Armenia Avenue, which is the wrong way for the southbound-only road in that area.
As the Toyota approached, driver Andrew Rickert, 28, scooted the car a lane closer to the Ford
. Then Charles Patton Thomas III, 24, leaned out of the Toyota's passenger window and threw an unopened 16-ounce can of Bud Light at the Ford.
The can struck the right front fender, causing about $1,000 worth of damage, police said.
Police didn't appreciate the target practice
. Officers arrested the pair within minutes, charging them with throwing a deadly missile at an occupied vehicle, a second-degree felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
Police also charged Thomas with misdemeanor marijuana possession and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia after officers found a drug pipe and a gram of marijuana on him.