Suspect in St. Cloud is collared for winging it at Pizza Hut

  • Article by: Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 25, 2011 - 9:23 PM

Police say intoxicated man entered a restaurant after hours to deep-fry some chicken.

A 21-year-old former criminal justice major is accused of FUI -- frying under the influence.

The troubles for the man started about 1:25 a.m. Friday, when he tripped the alarm where he works, Pizza Hut in the 100 block of 7th Avenue S., in St. Cloud, authorities said.

"He had access to the building, but he just didn't reset the alarm," said Police Lt. Jerry Edblad.

Officers arrived and found the restaurant's back door open. They came upon the man inside and saw that he had tried to deep-fry some boneless chicken wings, police said. The marinara sauce must not have been to his liking; police say he threw some on the wall.

Police arrested him and gave him a preliminary breath test for alcohol. His blood-alcohol content reading came back at .22, police said. That's nearly three times the legal limit for driving in Minnesota.

The suspect was jailed on suspicion of third-degree burglary, but Edblad suspects that the man could end up being charged with a lesser offense, possibly theft, given that he is an employee.

The man had been studying criminal justice recently at St. Cloud State University but was not enrolled this semester, said school spokesman Michael Nistler.

PAUL WALSH

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