Fugitive's Mistake? He Wins Police Doughnut Contest

Burglary suspect arrested after victory appears in newspaper

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 8, 2014 1:07 PM CDT
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(Newser) – When you're on the lam from police, it might be best to avoid entering doughnut-eating contests sponsored by the aforementioned police. Because you just might win, get written up in the local paper, and then not be on the lam anymore. Such is the strange fate of Bradley Hardison of Elizabeth City, NC, reports the AP. The 24-year-old had been sought by police for months in two felony burglaries but had managed to elude arrest. Then he entered the doughnut contest during a "night out" anti-crime event this week, downed eight doughnuts in two minutes, and was crowned champ.

Police officers and firefighters were among those he beat. “I did congratulate him,” a deputy with the Camden County Sheriff's Office tells MyFox8 after the arrest. “Good for him. He can eat a lot of doughnuts. Good for him.” After seeing the writeup of Hardison's triumph in the local paper the following day, deputies knew he was in town and quickly picked him up at his mother's house, reports WVEC. He is being held on $2,000 bail.

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