A Chicago Dunkin Donuts employee was arrested and faces charges for allegedly spitting into an Illinois state trooper’s coffee.
Illinois State Police said Vincent J. Sessler, 25, of Chicago, was arrested and charged Friday with disorderly conduct, reckless conduct, and battery to a peace officer following the incident which occurred the previous night.
Police said that the unnamed Illinois State Trooper had gone to the Dunkin’ Donuts Thursday at about 10.20pm to buy a large cup of black coffee, according to CBS 2 Chicago.
Former Dunkin’ Donuts employee Vincent J. Sessler, 25, was charged after allegedly spitting into the coffee that was served to an Illinois State Trooper on Thursday night
The trooper removed the cup’s lid in an effort to cool down the very hot coffee.
That was when he saw a ‘large, thick piece of mucus’ floating in the coffee, police said.
During the investigation, the mucus was confirmed to be saliva.
Sessler, an employee at the Dunkin’ Donuts, was arrested Friday at 12.49pm.
According to a social media post, a friend of the trooper said he had been in uniform at the time of the incident and was using his marked police vehicle. The post also stated that surveillance video from the Dunkin’ Donuts captured an employee spitting into the cup before pouring the trooper’s coffee.
Neither the trooper nor his agency or the employee was identified in the post, although the Dunkin’ Donuts was listed by address.
A Facebook post claimed that the trooper was in uniform and in his marked service vehicle when he was served the allegedly spit-infused coffee at the Dunkin’ Donuts
The owners of the Dunkin’ Donuts franchise (pictured here) where Sessler worked said they fired the man after conducting their own investigation into the incident
Illinois State Police Director Brendan F. Kelly said in a statement that the incident ‘is outrageous and disgusting.’
‘The men and women of the Illinois State Police put their heart and soul into protecting the lives and rights of all people in this state every day,’ Kelly said. ‘They deserve better than this insulting and dangerous treatment.’
Illinois State Police will not be going to that particular Dunkin’ Donuts for food and drink anymore out of safety concerns, CBS 2 reported.
A Dunkin’ Donuts spokesperson said in a statement obtained by NBC 5 Chicago that Sessler was fired after the investigation into the incident.
‘The type of behavior reported to us is inconsistent with the brand’s values,’ the spokesperson said, adding that the franchise owner of the location where the incident occurred said he ‘took immediate action to investigate the matter and terminated the individual responsible for this reprehensible behavior.’
The spokesperson also noted that ‘Dunkin’ has a deep appreciation for police officers who work tirelessly to keep our communities safe, and the franchise owner has reached out directly to the officer to apologize for the experience.’
The investigation into the incident is still ongoing. Sessler was said to still be in Chicago Police custody as of late Saturday, WFSB reported.
There have been multiple reports of police officers being served contaminated food or fearing they’re being targeted with doctored meals in recent months.
In June, it was claimed that three NYPD officers were intentionally served milkshakes containing bleach at a Shake Shack in Manhattan. An investigation later revealed that it was an accident due to the improper rinsing off of the machine’s cleaning solution.
Also that month, a veteran officer at a Georgia police department police officer was seen in a viral video in tears as she revealed an incident in which her drive-thru order at a McDonald’s was delayed, prompting her to decide not to eat the food because she couldn’t see it being made.
In December 2019, a plainclothes NYPD officer was cut after biting into a hamburger with a razor blade inside it. Police initially believed the act was intentional, but an investigation later revealed that it was an accident.