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Hangry Cop Allegedly Pulls Gun on Slow Fast Food Employees

His food was taking too damn long.

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The Santa Clara Jack in the Box
The Santa Clara Jack in the Box
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Benjamin Lee does not mess around when it comes to his fast food. Lee, 33, went to Jack in the Box in hopes for some drunk munchies and walked away under arrest. Lee, who just so happens to be a Santa Clara County sheriff’s deputy, ordered drive-through around 2 a.m. at a Santa Clara Jack in the Box on Sunday, January 17. He was off-duty at the time, and according to witnesses, was so angry that his food was taking too long that he pointed a gun at the clerk and a manager.

The employees called 911 and officers blocked Lee’s car and arrested him around 2:40 a.m. on suspicion of brandishing a firearm and driving under the influence. Lee has since been placed on administrative leave, according to Santa Clara police Lt. Kurt Clarke, as the sheriff’s office conducts an internal investigation into the allegations to determine if charges will be filed against Lee. “DUI by anyone is unacceptable; doubly so when it involves a deputy sheriff. We are held to a higher standard and rightly so,” association vice president Roger Winslow said in a statement. “We fully expect that appropriate action will be taken after all the facts are determined.”

FWIW, this may not be an isolated incident of that particular Jack in the Box being slow to deliver in the drive-through line. “They kept us in a drive through lane for about 15 minutes,” Yelper James M. wrote on December 29. The horror.