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Prosecutors: Deputy pepper-sprayed teen's pizza

NEWPORT BEACH (AP) — A Laguna Hills teen got the wrong topping on his pizza, and ended up sick, after a sheriff's deputy allegedly covered the pie with pepper spray during a traffic stop.

Orange County prosecutors said Friday that 30-year-old Deputy Juan Tavera is charged with spraying the slices after a 19-year-old was pulled over by a different officer for a traffic infraction.

Tavera sprayed the pizza without the teen's knowledge, so when the teen took the pizza home to his four friends, they all ate it and got sick.

The teen notified police after becoming suspicious of the deputy.

The charge of misdemeanor assault or battery by an officer carries a maximum sentence of a year in jail.

Tavera is due for arraignment Monday.

He has been put on administrative leave.