Police parking ticket

July 25, 2008 6:26:34 AM PDT
The officer just wanted dinner -- now he's got to fork-over 35 bucks.

A judge in Portland, Oregon, has ordered Officer Chadd Stensgaard to pay a fine for illegally parking his patrol car while taking a dinner break at a Japanese restaurant.

Lawyer Eric Bryant had filed a citizen's complaint against the officer.

While Oregon law allows emergency responders to park in no-parking zones, it says nothing about stopping for sushi.

Portland police officials say they'll ask city commissioners to make it legal for officers to park in no-parking zones when ordering food or taking a restroom break.