Cody Ropiak, 21, of Riverside Avenue, was charged with criminal mischief early Thursday after police said he threw a lighter at a patrol car.

As an officer drove by the Sasco Creek housing development at 1655 Post Road East, he saw Ropiak and another male standing on the side of the road, police said. The officer said Ropiak then appeared to throw something and he heard an object strike the front of the cruiser, according to the report.

The officer immediately stopped, police said, and questioned Ropiak and the other male, The two initially denied throwing anything at the car, police said, where there was a fresh mark on the hood left by an object striking it, police said.

A blue lighter was found near the scene, police said.

Ropiak was then taken into custody. He later said he threw a lighter at the vehicle but did not mean to hit it; instead, he was trying to get the officer's attention because he was upset and wanted a ride home, according to the report.

Ropiak was charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief and released on $500 bond. He is scheduled to appear Dec. 18 in Norwalk Superior Court.