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Westport Man Charged With Throwing Lighter At Cop Car

WESTPORT, Conn. – A 21-year-old Westport man was arrested after throwing a lighter and hitting a patrol car with it Thursday morning, police said.

Cody Ropiak, of Riverside Avenue, and another man were standing on the side of the road near 1655 Post Road E. when a patrol officer drove by, police said. As the officer was passing the two men, he saw Ropiak make a throwing motion and heard something hit the front of the patrol car, police said.

When the officer got out of the car, he saw a fresh mark on the hood where something had hit it, removing some of the paint, the police report said. A blue Bic lighter was found near the patrol car, police said.

Ropiak and the other man initially denied throwing anything. After he was arrested, Ropiak admitted he threw the lighter at the patrol car but said he didn't mean to hit it, according to the report. He also said he was trying only to get the officer’s attention because he was upset and wanted a ride home, police said.

Ropiak was charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief, a misdemeanor. He was released on $500 bond and is scheduled to appear Dec. 18 at Norwalk Superior Court.

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