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October 11, 2001

An Albuquerque, New Mexico, police officer and his civilian pilot face disciplinary measures after using a police helicopter to swoop in for a doughnut break.

The two were on night patrol over the city in a Kiowa OH-58 helicopter when they landed in a vacant lot next to a Krispy Kreme doughnut store around 1 a.m. on Thursday morning, the Reuters news agency reports.

"The contracted pilot and a police officer landed the copter early in the morning, ran in and grabbed a dozen, came back out and took off," Albuquerque Police Department spokesman Brian McCutcheon said.

"I don't know whose brain child it was," he remarked, "but it's quite an ugly child."

McCutcheon said the event was being investigated as a possible misuse of city funds as well as for safety reasons - though he added there's no specific protocol for this case because there has never been one like it before.

"We've been given no reasonable excuse as to why they would even think they could do this," he said. "There could be some very serious ramifications."

Source: Reuters

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