Having his cake and throwing it, too — at a moving marked Pennsylvania State Police car — means a six-month probationary sentence for Conneaut Lake area man.

Chase A. Caravella, 18, of 10937 Griggs Lane, was accepted into the accelerated rehabilitative disposition (ARD) program Monday by Crawford County Court of Common Pleas Judge John Spataro for charges reckless endangerment, propulsion of missiles, conspiracy and criminal mischief.

The ARD program is offered by Pennsylvania’s court system to give first-time criminal offenders the opportunity to be rehabilitated and move through the legal system quicker rather than formally going to trial.

Spataro ordered Caravella to serve six months of probation, a $250 administrative fee and $797.75 in court costs for the May 25 incident on Route 18 near Lakeland Drive in Summit Township.

Caravella could have faced up to six years and three months in jail and $15,300 in fines had the case gone to trial in county court and been been convicted.

Caravella and three underage teenage boys, ages 16, 16 and 15, were involved in the incident which took place at 10:54 p.m. May 25, according to the criminal complaint.

The cake was thrown by Caravella and struck at a marked state police patrol car, which activated its red and blue emergency lights, the arrest affidavit said. Caravella and the three other teens ran into a wooded area with Caravella and one of the 16-year-old boys taken into custody, the affidavit said.

State police found Caravella and the teen with him in a brush pile near a shed. Caravella was found with white cake icing on the front and left sleeve of his shirt, the affidavit said.

The three underage teens have had charges filed against them through Crawford County Juvenile Court.

Samuel Hubbard and Noah Neigh, the two state police troopers inside the patrol car struck by the cake, weren't hurt in the incident, the affidavit said.

Keith Gushard can be reached at 724-6370 or by email at kgushard@meadvilletribune.com.

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