Friday, October 31, 2008

Warning: doughnuts, alcohol don’t mix

OK, so I must admit, I have this fascination with doughnuts. Besides my love for eating them, my co-workers also send me news stories involving the sugary treats.

So, for nearly a year now, I have been watching with interest the case of the man who led police on a high-speed chase in a stolen Krispy Kreme doughnut truck.

Warren G. Whitelighting – yes, that’s his last name – was sentenced this week to two years in prison, followed by three years of extended supervision for his doughnut truck escapade, which was captured and, of course, posted on YouTube.

Click here to watch the video as thousands of precious doughnuts spill out the back of the truck as Whitelightning attempts to elude police.

It all started after Whitelightning of Crandon, WI, stole eight giant, red-hot pickled sausages and attempted to buy beer at the Open Pantry store before being asked to leave. Instead, he hopped into the truck, circled the parking lot a few times and took off on the open road. At one point he stopped, backed up and hit a police car, before putting the truck in drive again and hitting the gas.

And in case you were wondering, alcohol was involved.

He’s been arrested at least seven times on drunken driving charges. Upon his release from prison, the circuit court judge in Dane County has also ordered that Whitelightning must have an ignition interlock device installed on any vehicle he drives during that three years – which hopefully won’t include another adventure behind the wheel of a doughnut delivery truck.