Arrest in donut van chase; contents uneaten

DonutPolicePatch.jpgA bizarre story that took place along the Lincoln Highway/US 30 appeared in The [Cedar Rapids, Iowa] Gazette. (Thanks to Van & Bev Becker and Russell Rein for the lead.)

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Police chased a stolen doughnut delivery van on Highway 30 across Benton and Tama counties Thursday morning, finally arresting at gunpoint the Illinois man who was behind the wheel.

The doughnuts were untouched.

The van, owned by Donut Delite Ltd. of Moline, Ill., was stolen while its driver was making deliveries at a Rock Island, Ill., hospital about 5 a.m., the Tama County Sheriff’s Office reported. About 9 a.m., a Benton County sheriff’s deputy spotted the van driving west on Highway 30, discovered it was stolen and began following the vehicle….

The van’s driver ignored signals to stop and drove at speeds exceeding 100 mph until he reached the outskirts of Tama, driving around a set of stop spikes on the highway two miles east of town.

As the van approached Highways 30 and 63, the driver pulled into a Hardee’s parking lot and attempted to drive through the drive-through lane. But Tama County Deputy Chad Hansen rammed the driver’s-side door, and about 9:30 a.m., officers arrested the driver, Frank A. Alvarado, 46, of Moline….

The Donut Delite van was sent back to its owners in Moline Thursday — with its contents uneaten, said Tama County Chief Deputy Dave Ruopp.

“The owner of the business did tell us to take the doughnuts,” Ruopp said. “However, they were returned.”

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