SPRING HILL, Fla. (FOX 13) - A dispute between neighbors took a violent turn when one of them allegedly sprayed the other in the face with a pressure washer.
The squabble between the two Pasco County residents ended up sending one of them to jail, charged with battery. However, the accused neighbor reached out to FOX 13 News to set the record straight.
Friday night, Johnny Plaster Jr. was booked into the Pasco County jail for battery. Monday, he told his side of the story.
“I’m on the porch. I just got done cleaning my whole yard. I hear a blower and I look out, and Chance, the neighbor, my nephew, is blowing the leaves back over onto my property,” said Plaster.
Chance White, has a different story to tell.
“I was blowing them straight into the road and then, about five minutes into blowing, my neighbor comes out. I thought he was just pressure washing his fence,” said White.
The Spring Hill residents agree they have had an ongoing rift for the past few months. Plaster said for him, this was the final straw.
“I just went over and started blowing the leaves back off to that side of the property. I went “pssh” like that," Plaster described. "He’s 10 feet away from me and his back was too me. So I’m kind of just frustrated.”
Plaster believes the whole thing has been blown out of proportion. He claims that his neighbor was intentionally blowing the leaves back onto his property in hopes of making him mad.
White doesn’t see it that way.
“He put it in my face and [blew] it. And then when I was bending down to get a higher speed with the blower, he put it straight to the ground and the debris shot up in my face and gouged my eye,” said White.
Plaster told FOX 13 he had no intention of hurting White.
Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said, despite who was at fault, sometimes it pays to think before you act.
“You just need to calm down. Whether it be spraying somebody, whether it be punching somebody, even going on your computer and writing a message to somebody, there are things in all those situations you can be arrested for,” said Sheriff Nocco.
With tempers still running high for both parties on Somerset Acres Lane, one thing both neighbors can agree on is that it’s time for the legal system to step in.
Plaster bonded out of jail just hours after his arrest.
White was fined $500 for illegal dumping in connection to the incident.