GRANTVILLE, Pa. (WHTM) – A Palmyra man accused of scaring drivers with a clown mask says it was all just a misunderstanding.
Jonathan Kline, 34, was cited for disorderly conduct Wednesday night after police say he reportedly jumped in front of cars on Pheasant Road in East Hanover Township.
“They said that this individual was wearing a clown mask and he was jumping out into the roadway and stopping traffic,” state police Trooper Rob Hicks said.
“When the vehicles would proceed, he would actually run up beside them and kind of scream and wave his hands and try to scare the drivers.”
Kline says he was only pulling a prank on a friend.
“I got right around where his house was. That’s when I threw the mask on,” Kline told ABC27 News. “I was going to go to the side of his house and come out and scare him while he was out back smoking a cigarette.”
Kline says he wore the mask for only about two minutes.
“If they [saw] me wearing [the mask], it was literally right out front of my friend’s house where the officer came,” he said.
Hicks said the disorderly conduct charge is a summary, the same as a traffic ticket.
“Obviously, with what’s going on in the media the past few weeks with all these clown sightings and threats, with this individual wearing a mask, it certainly amplified the situation,” he said.