Christmas tree used as a weapon

PARRISH, Fla. (AP) - December 3, 2008

According to the Manatee County sheriff's report, 37-year-old Thomas Edward Lackie was arrested and charged with felony assault last week.

Authorities say he threw the 3-foot Christmas tree at his father but missed. They say he then tried to use its steel base to strike him. His father and mother subdued him.

The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports that he denied trying to strike his father.

Authorities didn't immediately return a call by The Associated Press seeking information on the incident and whether Lackie has a lawyer.

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