A police officer in Illinois arrested a pizza delivery driver for drugs, then delivered the pizza that was sitting in the back of the perp’s car, Fox News is reporting.
The incident took place late last month, but the story is only now beginning to go viral.
On January 25, a police officer in the suburban Chicago city of Oswego, Illinois, stopped a pizza delivery driver for sneaking through a parking light in order to avoid a red light. Somehow during the stop, the officer noticed that there was drug paraphernalia in the car, and arrested the driver, 19-year-old Nicholas Parello, and the passenger, 19-year-old Dakota Albright, according to Only Oswego.
After arresting the two scofflaws, the unnamed officer also noticed another problem: an undelivered pizza. It turns out the driver was making a pizza delivery, and there was a customer who was waiting for it. Rather than enter the pizza into evidence (and “evidence” here means “the Oswego PD’s employee break room”), the cop did the right thing and delivered it, according to the Department’s Facebook page.
“Oswego Police arrested two male subjects at Chicago and Garfield for unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. One of the subjects was en route to deliver a pizza to a local residence at the time of arrest. Seeing that the large pizza sitting in the passenger seat had no means of reaching its destination, an officer delivered the pizza to the specified address on the receipt attached. A confused resident accepted the pizza, and was very glad that the police were there to deliver the pizza, rather than talk to them.”
Chief Jeff Burgner apparently saw the humor in the situation, telling an Only Oswego reporter, with a chuckle, “We try to do all we can to help our residents, but I think this is the first time we’ve delivered a pizza.”
This is not the first time a police department has found one or more of its officers in the pizza-delivery business. Last September, according to this Inquisitr report, police in Portland, Oregon, delivered Pizza Hut pizzas to a home after the delivery driver was involved in an accident.
At a time when stories of police excesses and abuses seem to dominate the headlines, stories of police going out of their way to do the right thing — whether comforting lost dogs by the side of the highway, or buying back a wedding ring for an old man who pawned it to buy food — are uplifting.
As of this post, it’s not known if the pizza delivery driver will get to keep his job.
[Image courtesy of: Food Wallpaper]