Massachusetts man accused of hitting Vermont state employee with pickle tossed from car

A Massachusetts man found himself in a legal pickle, as what began as littering escalated into an assault charge in Vermont.

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Christoph Herrmannsdoerfer, 34, of Williamstown, was charged with simple assault after he threw a pickle out of a car window and hit a traffic worker Monday, WCAX reported.

Vermont state troopers said Herrmannsdoerfe was a passenger in a car in Pownal when he threw a large pickle out of the window. The pickle hit Carl Hoffman, 59, of Danby, a VTrans employee, and caused him pain, the television station reported.

Hermannsdoerfer was issued a citation and is scheduled to appear in Bennington County Superior Court on July 20.