Police Officer Delivers Food After Arresting DoorDash Driver

On June 30, a police officer in Jonesboro, Arkansas, completed a DoorDash delivery order after the intended driver was arrested. The Jonesboro Police Department posted body camera footage of the delivery to their Facebook account the following day, sharing that they were "proud" of the officer for going "above and beyond the call of duty."

The footage shows the officer walking up to a house and knocking on the front door. When a man, whose face has been blurred, answers the door, the officer asks for a woman named Sherry.

The man then opens the door to allow the officer to speak with Sherry, but the officer tells her: "You don't have to get up. Your DoorDash guy got arrested, so I brought your food to you."

Sherry thanks the officer who laughs as he hands the food to the man at the door.

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K9 Officer Levi Chism was the officer responsible for delivering the food. According to the incident report obtained by Newsweek, he initiated a traffic stop when he noticed the DoorDash driver, 22-year-old Justin Gist, failed to signal while making a lane change. Gist was quickly arrested for not having liability insurance as well as driving with a suspended license. He also had a warrant out for his arrest for failure to appear in court for a previous charge.

A spokesperson for the Jonesboro Police Department told Newsweek that Chism decided to deliver the food after another officer vocalized concern for the customer.

"Officer Tyler Williams, who arrived on the scene, became concerned when learning the driver was out on a delivery and had not reached his destination," said the spokesperson. "He [Chism] took it upon himself to locate the recipient's address and deliver the meal—Chinese food—to Ms. Sherry."

Interestingly enough, this wasn't the first time the Jonesboro police arrested a DoorDash driver in the middle of making deliveries.

"Unfortunately, food was not delivered in the first incident," the spokesperson said. "To make it worse, the recipient of that delivery was an off-duty JPD officer."

While there is no official protocol in place that states an officer must complete deliveries when arresting delivery drivers, the department does encourage its officers to help in any way possible when handling these unique arrests.

Earlier this week, a viral video showed a Domino's delivery driver being arrested for stealing an Amazon package. The video, posted by TikTok user @prettyprincess30, has been viewed more than 500,000 times. In the comments, she claims that she was able to track down the driver and capture his arrest because the Domino's he works for is the only location in the area that delivers.

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A Jonesboro, Arkansas, police officer delivered one woman's food to her door after arresting the DoorDash driver responsible for the order. aijohn784/iStock