Sean Quinlan Allegedly Tossed Rocks at Cops, Gets the "Throwing a Deadly Missile" Charge
After allegedly tossing rocks at cops sitting inside their patrol cars, 18-year-old Sean Quinlan was hit with the most poorly named law in the Florida Statutes -- "throwing a deadly missile."
Quinlan isn't even the first alleged rock-tosser this month to be hit with the charge -- a felony that could involve prison time.
This time it was in Marathon, as the Monroe County Sheriff's Office says the cops were called about someone throwing rocks at cars parked at the Brass Monkey bar on Saturday night.
The two sheriff's deputies went over to the scene, and while they were parked, they could hear rocks landing on the ground near their cars.
Sure enough, one of the deputies saw a rock hit one of the patrol cars.
The deputies started looking for someone chucking rocks before they found Quinlan -- who immediately started running away, the sheriff's office says.
During the chase, the cops say Quinlan knocked over a bunch of stuff, including a propane grill, before finding a hiding spot in an apartment complex.
They eventually found him hiding and asked Quinlan why he was running from the cops.
"[H]e said he was afraid he would be arrested for throwing rocks," the sheriff's office says.
Quinlan was charged with throwing a deadly missile, criminal mischief, and resisting arrest.
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