A Brooklyn man was arrested for menacing, disorderly conduct and harassment last Friday. His chosen weapon? Pizza. A traffic agent found Jason Rosa near Bay Ridge Parkway leaning against his 2010 Mitsubishi Galant, which was illegally parked in front of a fire hydrant. Rosa was enjoying a bit of a nosh, and refused to move his car when the agent asked, saying he would move when he was finished with his meal. The agent didn't take too kindly to that backtalk, and began writing Rosa a ticket. That's when things got messy.
Rosa decided that his hunger was not as important as justice, and threw the rest of his pizza slice at the ticket agent. It only hit him in the pant leg, but definitely got the point across. The agent called the police and Rosa was arrested. If this happened in upstate New York, he probably would have just been let off with a warning.
According to NYC's violation codes website, it is illegal to stop, stand or park "closer than 15 feet of a fire hydrant. Between sunrise and sunset, a passenger vehicle may stand alongside a fire hydrant as long as a driver remains behind the wheel and is ready to move the vehicle if required to do so." The general fine is $115, including a a $15 New York State Criminal Justice surcharge.