Driver blames distracted driving charge on his breakfast

Published: February 28, 2019

Updated: April 1, 2019

Author: Luke Jones

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A driver in the United States had a novel excuse when he was caught distracted driving. Jason Stiber of Connecticut put the blame on his breakfast and is currently awaiting the judge’s decision on the case. It could turn into a very expensive McDonald’s.

Stiber was slapped with a distracted driving ticket just moments after he pulled out of a MacDonald’s. He says he stopped in the fast food restaurant to buy breakfast when he was on his way to work.

The officer who pulled Stiber accused him of using a smartphone while driving and issued him a ticket costing $400. However, the driver insists he was not holding a device and was instead tucking in to his hash brown. He says the Westport police officer mistook the hash brown for a smartphone.

Cpl. Shawn Wong Won insists it was a smartphone, claiming he saw Stiber’s mouth moving while holding a black object. Of course, his mouth would be moving if he was eating, but a black hash brown is a stretch.

That may be why Stiber lost his first court challenge against the ticket, although he was granted a retrial. He says his device has Bluetooth for hands free so there is no need for him to engage in distracted driving. Furthermore, Stiber says phone records show he was not making a call at the time.

“I don’t blame the cop for misinterpreting what he thought he saw, but the fact of the matter is there was no cellphone use and we have cellphone records to establish that fact,” defense attorney John Thygerson told WABC.

“Cops make mistakes.”

A verdict on the case is expected by April 5.