Two Oklahoma teens in custody after allegedly throwing rocks onto cars from bridge

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Rock smashed into Pottawatomie County deputy’s windshield

TECUMSEH, Okla. – Two teenagers are in custody after allegedly throwing rocks onto cars from a bridge, evening hitting a deputy’s vehicle at one point.

Last week, officials said a Pottawatomie County deputy was lucky to be alive after a rock smashed into his windshield — a rock thrown from someone standing a highway bridge above traffic.

“Just the shock factor of something coming off and hitting you in the middle of the night in the windshield. Very dangerous,” said Undersheriff J.T. Palmer. “This could have resulted in death very easily.”

It happened as the deputy was traveling east on Highway 9 and going under U.S. 177 while heading to a call.

Investigators said the rock was stopped from going through the windshield by the tint on the glass, but a crater about the size of a softball was left behind.

Rock smashed into Pottawatomie County deputy’s windshield

Some glass also fell into the car and deputies said, if the rock had struck the driver’s side of the windshield, the deputy could have been blinded by the shards of glass.

The sheriff’s office also said the deputy could have lost control and crashed. But, fortunately, he was able to pull over safely and was not injured.

Investigators don’t believe the suspect was targeting law enforcement but said it could have happened to anyone.

This week, officials took two teenagers into custody in connection to the rocks being thrown from the bridge and onto cars.

According to to the Shawnee News-Star, there have been similar incidents with minor damage that have occurred in the same area.

The two teens, ages 16 and 17, are being held on a $10,000 bond.

Authorities were able to track them down after a witness came forward with a description of the suspects.

The undersheriff said throwing objects from a bridge is a felony.

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