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Motorist Wins 'Hash Brown' vs. Cellphone Trial in Connecticut

Judge declares breakfast-loving defendant is not guilty of distracted driving

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    Motorist Wins 'Hash Brown' vs. Cellphone Trial in Connecticut
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    In this Jan. 30, 2018, file photo, the McDonald's logo is displayed on the packaging of a hash brown at a McDonald's restaurant.

    A Connecticut motorist, who claimed he was eating a hash brown when police ticketed him for distracted driving last year, was found not guilty by a judge on Friday, NBC News reported.

    Jason Stiber, 45, had refused to pay a $300 fine for the infraction and took his case to trial after a magistrate initially found him guilty.

    "It was probably the most expensive hash brown in history, but it was worth it," Stiber's lawyer, John Thygerson, said on Friday, without revealing his fee. "People can take the path of least resistance, 'OK, I'll pay the fine.' But others say, 'No, I want to pay more for the principle.' "