Phone prank puts delivery driver in handcuffs

Nov. 21, 2002

MOUNT CARMEL, Tenn. -- A phone prank and a fearful resident combined to put a delivery driver in handcuffs on Nov. 16.

According to the Kingsport Times-News, Mount Carmel Police Department Detective Chris Jones said officers were called to an apartment on the evening of Nov. 16 after a woman called and said she'd seen a prowler with a gun.

Police later found out that the suspected prowler was Papa John's driver Gary Franklin Krtausch, who'd been sent the woman's address to deliver a pizza she didn't order.

Krtausch banged on the door, but got no answer and left.

According to Mount Carmel Police Department Detective Chris Jones, "She looked out her window and saw a man standing outside her door with something in his hand that she thought was a gun."

Krtausch didn't have a Papa John's sign on top of his brown pickup.

The woman called her husband at work. He called police and provided a description of Krtausch's truck.

Police then stopped Krtausch's pickup a short distance away from the residence and with the assistance of Church Hill police conducted a felony stop.

"A felony stop is what we do in a situation where we believe the subject may be armed," Jones said. "The officers have their guns out, and it involves a series of commands given to the suspect over the P.A. system."

Jones said after Krtausch was handcuffed, police searched his vehicle for a gun, but all they found was a pizza.

Krtausch told the paper on Nov. 20 that he had no idea what was going on.

"They told me to get out of the truck, but I couldn't because I was buckled into the seat and they didn't want me to move my hands where they couldn't see them," Krtausch said. "One officer came around the passenger side of the truck and unbuckled me, and another one grabbed my arm and spun me out of the seat of my vehicle, and he handcuffed me and patted me down."

Police found Krtausch's delivery form, which confirmed his claim that he was a driver. They apologized and released him.

Krtausch said he should have had his delivery sign on top of his truck, but that he forgot to put it on.

"Trust me, from now on I'll have one on my truck," he said.

Topics: Crime

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