A Mass. man threw a ‘large pickle’ at a Vermont highway worker, police say. He’s now facing an assault charge.

Christoph Herrmannsdoerfer, 34, of Williamstown, is set to appear in court next month.

FOR LIFESTYLE - Freshly cleaned and cut organic cucumbers are submerged into a drum for fermenting at Real Pickles in Greenfield, MA on Friday, July 27, 2012. Real Pickles makes about a dozen products all made with local produce and lacto-fermentation an ancient preserving method coming back into vogue. (Matthew Cavanaugh for The Boston Globe)
–Matthew Cavanaugh for The Boston Globe

Vermont State Police responded to an unusual drive-by incident Monday at the Massachusetts state border.

There, around 6 p.m., an Agency of Transportation employee who had been working a detail on U.S. 7 in Pownal, Vermont, told troopers that a passenger in a vehicle had thrown an object at him.

What was it?

It was “later determined to be a large pickle, which struck the victim and caused him pain,” troopers wrote in a release.

Troopers, with assistance from police in neighboring Williamstown, Massachusetts, subsequently located the suspect vehicle and issued the alleged pickle-thrower Christoph Herrmannsdoerfer a citation.

The 34-year-old Williamstown man is set to appear in a Bennington, Vermont, court next month on a simple assault charge, police said.

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