POWNAL, Vt. (AP) — A Massachusetts man is facing an assault charge after he allegedly threw a large pickle from a moving vehicle that hit a Vermont highway worker, police said.

The incident occurred just before 6 p.m. Monday on U.S. Route 7 in Pownal near the border crossing into Massachusetts.

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A passenger in a southbound vehicle threw an object “later determined to be a large pickle” that hit the highway worker and “caused him pain,” police said.

Agency of Transportation officials provided a description of the vehicle to police, which led officers to the suspect with the help of the Williamstown, Massachusetts, police department.

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Christoph Herrmannsdoerfer, 34, of Williamstown, was cited to appear in court in Bennington next month to answer to a charge of simple assault.

Phone messages were left at phone numbers listed for Herrmannsdoerfer. It was not immediately known if he’s being represented by an attorney.

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