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FILE - This Aug. 8, 2018, file photo shows the McDonald's logo at a restaurant in Chicago. A man in Connecticut said he was falsely cited for driving while distracted because a police officer mistook his McDonald's hash brown for a cellphone. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

Not lovin' it: Man cited for distracted driving said he was eating McDonald's hash brown, not talking on cellphone


WESTPORT, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man who said he was wrongly cited for distracted driving after police mistook a McDonald's hash brown for a cellphone is continuing his legal fight.

The Hour reports that Westport police gave Jason Stiber a $300 distracted driving ticket in April. The Westport man challenged the charge and lost in court.

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He was granted a retrial that's scheduled to start Dec. 7.

Stiber said the officer thought a hash brown he was eating while driving was a cellphone. Stiber said phone records show he didn't make any calls around the time he was pulled over, plus he has Bluetooth so has no reason to hold a phone while driving.

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Lt. Jillian Cabana said the department stands by its story but couldn't comment further because of pending litigation.
Information from: The Hour, http://www.thehour.com

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