FORT PIERCE — A 68-year-old former candidate for St. Lucie County Property Appraiser, dressed only in his underwear, is charged with aggravated assault for allegedly throwing an orange at a construction worker seven stories below him on South Ocean Drive, according to police reports.
William Wink was arrested 10 a.m. Friday at his seven-floor residence in the Avalon Beach Club condominiums in the 300 block of South Ocean Drive. He is out of jail under a $3,750 bail on the felony offense.
The road construction worker wasn't harmed, but Nathaniel Morris, 40, of Fort Pierce, "has a well-founded fear that the defendant (Wink) was attempting to strike him." Wink allegedly made contact with Morris and then threw the orange that landed within feet of the traffic-control sign operator. The report doesn't indicate what contact Wink allegedly had with Morris.
After the orange was thrown, Wink is alleged to have laughed and then gone back inside his residence, reports said.
Police went to Wink's condominium and quoted him as saying he didn't throw the orange maliciously and was just trying to get rid of it. "It was rotting and did not want the fruit" in his residence, according to police reports...
I am glad that no one was injured, but here are a few things that I wanted to know...
--Why was the defendant still dressed only in his underwear after being arrested?
--Did the construction worker see the flying orange and dodge it?
--Did the defendant rule out a watermelon toss thinking that it might hurt someone?
--What back-story exists between the defendant and victim?
--How far can a scantily-clad near-70-year-old toss an orange?
But I guess the most important question is:
Should this incident serve as a warning for me to curtail my activities of fruit/veggie throwing into our back field while sporting boxers?
If so, the deer are going to be disappointed.
Well, maybe not about the boxers.