A Connecticut man is fighting a ticket for distracted driving after he says the police officer confused his hash brown patty for a cellphone. Jason Stiber was cited last April. He stopped at McDonald’s on his way to work and says he was eating a hash brown that was mistaken for a cellphone. In court on Friday, Cpl. Shawn Wong Won testified he saw Stiber holding a black cellphone with the screen illuminated and his mouth was moving. But Stiber said he was eating and holding the hash brown by its white wrapping. So far, Stiber has spent around $1,000 in legal fees fighting a ticket that carries a $300 fine. The judge will now “hash” things out and deliver a verdict on or before April 5.
UPDATE: This man spent his own money and 13 months of his life to prove in court that the cop who gave him a $300 distracted driving ticket thought he saw a phone but it was hash browns from McDonald's. On Fricay the judge found Jason Stiber NOT GUILTY bringing to an end what the man's attorney called "the case of the century." He requested records showing that the officer was on the 15th hour of a 16 hour double shift and may have had impaired judgement. The judge concluded the statte did not bring forth sufficient evidence to show the man was on his phone while driving.