Florida Man Strikes Police Officer with 4th of July Food Item


This is a rowdy weekend for the good ol’ US of A, thanks in no small part to the nationwide celebrations taking place for the 4th of July.

Independence Day has long been one of the more festive holidays that Americans enjoy throughout the year, taking time to reminisce on the origins of this great nation and what she stands for.  Even those who are a little less than enthused about the direction our nation is heading will take a moment to reflect on the promise of America, and possibly find some inspiration on they can work to move us toward our more perfect union.

But other folks just like to get a little belligerent, and nowhere is that truer than in Florida.

This week brought us yet another interesting caper from the infamous colloquial creature known as “Florida Man”, and with an interesting 4th of July twist. 

A Tampa Bay area man was arrested Saturday for allegedly throwing a hot dog at an officer who warned him he was violating a city ordinance, according to a local report.

Jason Stoll, 47, is charged with felony battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting an officer without violence.

Jason Stoll of New Port Richey, FLa. 

Jason Stoll of New Port Richey, FLa.  (Pinellas County jail)

The incident was bizarre, to say the least.

Around 12 a.m. Saturday, a St. Petersburg police officer told Stoll he could no longer sell hot dogs in the roadway after his street closure permit ended, according to court documents obtained by WFLA.

An officer asked Stoll to close up shop, but he continued to try selling a hot dog, the court documents say. Stoll became frustrated and threw a hot dog at the officer, who was in full uniform at the time of the incident, according to the station.

Stoll was arrested and held on $2,500 bail for the incident.