Man steals doughnut truck, leads cops on chase

James Freddy Major

James Freddy Major

Now those are some hot doughnuts.

Gwinnett authorities said a Lawrenceville man boosted a Krispy Kreme truck from a Dacula gas station last week, making off with untold quantities of glazed goodness and leading a sheriff's deputy on a high-speed chase across the county.

Police said a Krispy Kreme delivery man was dropping off his wares at an Exxon gas station in Dacula at about 10:45 p.m. Thursday. That's when James Freddy Major, 45-year-old alleged doughnut fiend, showed up and fled in the box truck.

"(The driver) stated that the male had approached him before he entered the store to start his delivery" and that Major appeared under the influence, according to a Gwinnett County police report.

Within about five minutes, a sheriff's office K9 unit (and later a few police officers) had located the truck headed toward Interstate 85 on Ga. Highway 316. They tried to pull Major over, but he wasn't having it.

"The vehicle then sped up on the interstate and failed to yield to our visual and audibles signals to pull over," one responding officer wrote. "The suspect vehicle then exited the interstate on the Beaver Ruin Road exit and made a left turn, while running the red light on the top of the exit."

Major reportedly ran a few more red lights and forced at least one vehicle off the road, going as fast as 70 mph before fleeing onto Burns Road. Driving erratically and leaving the roadway several times, the Krispy Kreme truck eventually made it to Ferrite Loop, a dead-end cul-de-sac near Cruse Road in Lawrenceville.

Major hit a mailbox before trying to flee on foot.

"The suspect ... was apprehended by K9 dog bite and officers on scene placed the suspect under arrest," the incident report said.

Major was arrested early Friday and charged with three felonies, three misdemeanors and seven more traffic violations, ranging from driving under the influence to theft by taking and driving on the wrong side of the road. His license, records show, was suspended because he is a habitual violator.

The arrest was Major's 11th in Gwinnett since 1999. It was unclear Tuesday if any others involved food-related heists.


Award88 2 years, 6 months ago

Haha, can you imagine seeing a bunch of police chasing after a doughnut truck with lights and sirens? "Just free the doughnuts unharmed and we'll let you go."


NewsReader 2 years, 6 months ago

Exactly what I was thinking Award88. LOL, in fact, while I was reading the story, I couldn't help but wonder if this was a fabricated story by the police to cover up their real mission which was to apprehend the donuts for themselves. The story sounds really fishy to me! Wonder if we can get access to the Police Cruiser Dash cam? Can you imagine how many hits you'd get on Youtube?


dman 2 years, 6 months ago

Also looks like the K9 got the best of him.


R 2 years, 6 months ago

Officer McGruff sure took a bite of crime ...

I hope he got his shots afterward, no telling where that suspect has been...


SuxBeanU 2 years, 6 months ago

"Also looks like the K9 got the best of him." k9 like donuts too.


Baron_of_Greymatter 2 years, 6 months ago

Judging by his mugshot, they take doughnut theft pretty personally.


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