Lordstown police charge 2 suspects in water-bottle-throwing incident

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Police say the full water bottle hit a bicyclist in the head while he was on Tod Avenue in Lordstown

LORDSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Police in Lordstown have arrested two suspects they say were responsible for hitting a bicyclist in the head with a water bottle.

Police say the driver of the vehicle, 21-year-old Damian Brumfield, and passenger, 18-year-old Justin Testerman, are each charged with assault.

Police said on July 5, Brumfield drove near a bicyclist who was riding in the 5100 block of Tod Avenue. Testerman then chucked the full water bottle out of the car, hitting the bicyclist in the head.

Watch: Dash camera video

Police put out a call for information on social media, describing the suspect’s vehicle as a purple or maroon 1970-1972 Chevrolet Chevelle with a black vinyl top.

Investigators said they were able to identify the suspects due to dash camera video from a semi-truck.

“If it wasn’t for this recording, in all actuality, we probably would not have been able to identify these suspects, so that recording was instrumental,” said police chief Brent Milhoan.

By slowing down the video, investigators were able to obtain the last two letters of the license plate.

“Driver indicted that it was his water bottle and he handed the water bottle to the passenger and said, ‘See if you can hit that guy on the bike,'” Milhoan said.

The bicyclist was not hurt, but police said it could have been a lot worse.

Well, it could have been fatal. If he would have been knocked from his bike, who knows what would have happened. There’s a lot of traffic on State Route 45,” Milhoan said.

Brumfield and Testerman were booked and released from the Trumbull County Jail.

They’ll be arraigned Monday morning in Newton Falls Municipal Court.

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