Police Investigating Emergency Doughnut Run

Friday, October 5, 2001

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Albuquerque police have taken doughnut runsto new heights, swooping down in a police helicopter for a late-night snack.

"I don't know how they decided that was a good idea," thedepartment's spokesman, Lt. Bob Huntsman, said in a copyrightstory in Friday's Albuquerque Journal.

The Albuquerque Police Department has two helicopters forroutine night patrols, and Huntsman said it costs about $80 anhour to keep one of the Kiowa copters flying. The pilot "who isnot a police officer" is under contract to the department.

"We're going to look into it," Huntsman said. "If they violatedpolicy or procedure, they're going to get disciplined for it.We've worked too hard to make this a professional unit to letlack of common sense tear us down."

Rio Rancho resident Keith Turner, who works near a Krispy Kremedoughnut shop on Albuquerque's west side, said he was taking abreak with other people between 12:30 and 1 a.m., Thursday, when apolice helicopter swooped down, circled and landed in a nearbydirt field.

"I was like, 'No, they'd better not go and get doughnuts,"'Turner said.

One of those aboard got out and went inside while the helicopteridled, he said. The passenger returned to the helicopter 10 to15 minutes later carrying a box of Krispy Kremes, he said.

"I was angry, and I'm still kind of angry," Turner said. "You'vegot no business flying in to get doughnuts."

The chopper gave what Turner presumed was a goodbye toot on itspolice siren as it took off, he said.

Huntsman confirmed the incident, but said he had not had achance to speak to those aboard. He said it appeared the duowere near the end of their shift and probably were flying backto the hangar on the west side.

"As far as we know, they did bring doughnuts back," he said.

Gerald Salazar

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