Note: This is completely a work of fiction written from extraordinarily outrageous material provided by my News Reporting professor. The assignment was to write a “brite”. A brite is a news story that is somewhat humorous while still reporting the essential newsworthy parts of a story. Hopefully, you find it entertaining. Just please, do keep in mind that this is entirely made up. No 2010 Mitsubishi’s were harmed in the making of this article.
Austin Police Department Officer Sean McKenna, 35, of Pflugerville, has been suspended indefinitely after stopping to get coffee and a donut Wednesday morning. McKenna had stopped in for a snack at about 8:45 a.m. at the 7-11 located at 1601 South Congress Avenue. He left his cruiser running while in the store.
“I was surprised when I saw the officer come in, because I could see exhaust from the car and knew it was running,” store clerk Larry Todd said.
McKenna apparently failed to use the parking break, because as he was checking out, Todd pointed out that the cruiser was rolling towards customer Lisa Caven’s new 2010 Mitsubishi sports car. Caven was already frantic and trying to stop the cruiser.
McKenna rushed out to help stop the vehicle, but it was too late. The cruiser struck Caven’s vehicle, pushing it into the pump and causing about $8,000 in damage to the $35,000 vehicle. The pump was also damaged and the cost of repairs is currently unknown.
Todd had dialed 911 and police responded to the incident. Caven was initially arrested by responding officers, confused initially by Caven swatting at McKenna who apparently was less than apologetic about the incident.
“The guy comes out and gets in my face, like my car did something wrong,” said Caven. “The City of Austin is going to pay for this, and I don’t just mean for my brand new Louboutons.”
This is the second incident in a year that has put McKenna’s career in park. He was suspended in March 2010 after pictures emerged online showing that he and two other officers had provided their service shotguns to two Twin Peaks waitresses and allowed them to pose for provocative pictures on the hood of a police cruiser.
“It is against APD policy for an officer to leave his cruiser running and leave the vehicle, other than in situations where he or she is responding to an ongoing incident. Officer McKenna’s actions Wednesday, based on my initial review, reflect badly on this department, and the incident will be investigated thoroughly and promptly,” said Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo.
It ought to be in interesting investigation with new twists coming up every minute.
“On top of everything else, he did not pay for the coffee and donut,” Todd said. “I’m planning to complain of this to the police.”
We wonder if it was a cinnamon twist.