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Police hear unusual excuses from motorists who use excessive speed. But the reason a Millerton, N.Y., man gave a North Canaan state trooper for speeding through Salisbury takes the cake — or the cookie.
Justin Vonkummer, 28, 50 Main St., said he lost control of his 1993 BMW because he lost his Oreo cookie.
Vonkummer was driving on Route 44, west of Route 41, when the cookie he was dunking in a cup of milk slipped from his fingers and sunk to the bottom of the cup. He was unable to fish it out, he told the trooper.
He was arrested for speeding and driving with a suspended license. The incident occurred Nov. 13 and Vonkummer posted a $750 fine for his release. But his predicament was further complicated, Supervisory Assistant State’s Attorney Andrew Wittstein said in Bantam Superior Court on Thursday, because a clerk mistakenly typed in the charge of driving under the influence.
Wittstein corrected the record Thursday and the court ordered Vonkummer to appear April 10. Vonkummer’s attorney James Longwell had no comment.
Vonkummer has been convicted six times since 2000 for driving with a suspended license and twice for reckless driving. Four of those charges netted him a six-month jail sentence in 2003. He was also sent to jail for other convictions, including larceny and narcotics possession.