DOCUMENT: Florida, Crime

Man Busted For Battering Cop With Hot Dog

Floridian, 47, ignored order to "put the hot dog down"

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Hot Dog Battery

JULY 4--A Florida Man is facing a felony battery charge for allegedly striking a cop with a thrown hot dog, according to court records.

Investigators say that Jason Stoll, 47, was selling hot dogs on a downtown St. Petersburg street early Saturday when police gave him “numerous warnings” that he was in violation of a city ordinance.

Stoll, however, “ignored the warnings and continued to sell hot dogs in the roadway after the street closure permit ended,” an officer noted in an arrest affidavit.

“The defendant was asked to put the hot dog down as he continued his attempt to sell it,” reported Officer Anthony Bragano. When directed to drop the hot dog, Stoll reportedly became “extremely upset” and threw the item--which is not a sandwich--at Sergeant Michael Karayianes.

The hot dog hit the cop, who was not injured by the airborne bun and beef.

Seen above, Stoll was arrested for battery on a law enforcement officer, a felony.  He was also charged with resisting, a misdemeanor, for allegedly struggling with cops as they sought to place him under arrest.

Stoll was released from the county jail Saturday morning after posting $2650 bond. Stoll lives about 40 miles from St. Petersburg in New Port Richey, where he and his wife purchased a $230,000 home earlier this year. (2 pages)