Boardman Police investigating potato throwing

Police said potatoes were thrown at two cars on Tuesday night -- on Boardman-Canfield Road and Glenwood Avenue

BOARDMAN, Ohio (WYTV) – Police are investigating after potatoes were thrown at vehicles in Boardman.

On Tuesday, a Boardman police officer was flagged down by a driver just before midnight. The driver told the officer that his vehicle had been struck by a potato on Boardman-Canfield Road in front of the McDonald’s restaurant.

The driver said he was pulling out of the McDonald’s parking lot when he heard a loud bang and believed he had struck a rock. He then discovered his turn signal did not work and found a potato had shattered the driver’s side turn signal and front headlight cover.

Police said officers also received a similar complaint of a car struck by a potato that day on Glenwood Avenue at 11:55 p.m.

The man told police he was near Sugarcane Drive when he heard a loud noise from the front side of his vehicle. He said he tried to follow the vehicle that he believed the potato had been thrown from, but he lost it.

He described the vehicle as a sedan but was unable to provide a further description, according to a police report.

Police said the potato caused approximately $250 in damage, breaking the Buick symbol and getting stuck in the vehicle’s front grille.

Police in Goshen, Smith and Beaver townships are investigating reports of rocks or golf balls being thrown at vehicles on the highway, but it is unknown whether the incidents are connected.

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