Contest winner arrested for B&E

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Bradley Hardison


By William F. West
Staff Writer

Friday, January 19, 2018

A man who drew international notoriety for getting arrested a day after winning a police doughnut-eating contest has been arrested again — this time for allegedly breaking into a Dunkin’ Donuts store.

Bradley Hardison, 27, is charged with felony breaking and entering, safecracking and larceny in connection with the Nov. 21 break-in of the doughnut shop in the 1500 block of West Ehringhaus Street, Elizabeth City police spokesman Lamont Butts said Thursday evening.

Butts said Hardison, whose last known address was in the 900 block of Willow Street, was arrested Thursday and is being held at Albemarle District Jail in lieu of a $7,000 secured bond.

Hardison gained attention in August 2014, when he won the adult division of the doughnut eating contest at the Elizabeth City Police Department's National Night Out Against Crime event at Waterfront Park.

Hardison, who said afterward that the contest was the first he had ever participated in, won by wolfing down eight Krispy Kreme doughnuts in two minutes.

Afterward, he told a reporter he hadn't planned on competing, but said his wife had convinced him to sign up for the contest because it seemed like fun.

Impressed with Hardison’s performance, then-police Capt. John Young jokingly told him, “You need to come by the police department and get an application.”

Later, Young quipped, “He has got to be a police officer. I think he is lying about what he is doing.”

The morning after the contest, Hardison’s newly won local fame quickly turned into infamy.

Lt. Max Robeson of the Camden Sheriff’s Office, who had read an account of Hardison’s exploits in The Daily Advance, had deputies track him down in Elizabeth City and arrest him. Apparently, Hardison was under investigation at the time for a break-in in Camden but deputies there had not been able to locate him.

"We were searching for him and, of course, the Elizabeth City Police Department didn't know that," Robeson said at the time.

The irony of Hardison having been arrested a day after winning a doughnut eating contest at a police-sponsored event drew both national and international media attention.

Advised Thursday that Hardison is again facing breaking-and-entering charges, Robeson commented, "That's unfortunate that he continues to break the law and continue on this path in his lifestyle."

N.C. Public Safety records show Hardison served a term of probation after he was convicted in October 2014 of felony breaking and entering charges in both Camden and Pasquotank counties. Hardison also served probation after he was convicted in April 2015 of felony breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering in Dare County.