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Justin Taylor arrested in Plainfield Township

Published On: Jul 01 2013 05:08:19 PM EDT
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Lucy Nicholson / Reuters


A driver flung a quarter stick of dynamite and an M-80 from his moving car at a man who had complained about a noisy party across the street from his home, officials said.

Justin Taylor threw the explosive devices at Jason Abbot from his white Saturn while Abbot was standing in the roadway in the 800 block of Benders Church Road in Plainfield Township, Northampton County at about 1:25 a.m. Saturday.

Just before the incident, Abbot had confronted several individuals holding a party across the street from his home about loud noise and smoke from a fire, and threatened to call police if they didn't quiet down, according to officials.

Abbot chased Taylor in his car and called 911 after the explosives were thrown at him. When police found Taylor's abandoned car on Benders Church Road, they saw a quarter stick of dynamite and another explosive resembling an M-80 in the passenger door console.

Taylor, who was "visibly drunk," cursed at police and wanted to know if they had a search warrant when he returned to his car and saw officers taking photos, officials added.

Taylor, 23, of 6429 Heitzman Road, Plainfield Township, was arraigned on charges of aggravated and simple assault, reckless endangerment, propulsion of missiles onto a roadway, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness and committed to the Northampton County Prison on $5,000 bail, according to court documents.

A preliminary hearing is set for 9 a.m. July 9.