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Police: Car thief who crashed was eating, texting, driving

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Posted: Friday, March 30, 2012 12:00 am

KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Texting and eating while driving? Not the best plan. Do those things while driving a stolen truck and the trouble mounts.

Kennewick, Wash., police said a Chevy pickup truck stolen in nearby Richland ran into a ditch and drove through some logs and lawns before hitting a home Wednesday.

Neighbors and the homeowner saw a man run from the scene. A Benton County sheriff's deputy soon made an arrest.

Spokesman Mike Blatman told the Tri-City Herald the arrested man said he was eating a croissant and reading a text message when he lost control of the truck.

The spokesman said 32-year-old Jeromy Kirkendall, of Kennewick, was booked into the Benton County jail for investigation of possessing stolen property.

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