Just say whoa

My guess is that Paul Cunningham will be sentenced to community service and will have to travel to high schools telling his story. What he can remember of it, at least.

This will be a harsh punishment.

A Delaware college student ate a bag of hallucinogenic mushrooms and drove around in a pair of stolen cars before arriving, confused, on a mountain in northwest Connecticut police said.

Paul Cunningham, 21, hiked to a nearby home Thursday night and asked to call 911, police said.

“I think I stole a car,” Cunningham told a dispatcher. “I’m not sure.”

Police said Cunningham, of Dover, Del., confessed that eating an entire bag of mushrooms, “probably wasn’t a good idea.” He allegedly told investigators that he had no idea how many laws he broke during a three-day excursion that took him 300 miles from home.

A student at Wilmington College, he told a state trooper that he bought the drugs in Dover on Monday, according to the Republican-American of Waterbury. The next day, he went for a drive and twice got lost in Connecticut.

He told police he remembers taking a train to LaGuardia Airport in New York, where he found a car with its keys in it. He’s unsure where he went from there.

“I once again found myself lost in Connecticut,” Cunningham reportedly told police.

After locking the keys in the stolen car, Cunningham allegedly stole a van from a Southbury rest stop.

In Canaan, he decided to climb Music Mountain to see what was on the other side, police said. Investigators believe the exercise cleared Cunningham’s head.

“I want to correct my mistakes,” Cunningham reportedly told Trooper Andre Roy. “In retrospect, this was a bad idea.”

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  • Michael Bowen

    You have to choose your mutations carefully these days. This kid didn’t.

  • Steve

    I remember back in the good old days when I was in college, an epic story like this would have been held in awe. It would be discussed and re-hashed for weeks until it obtained near mythic status, like some ‘shroomer Ring Trilogy.
    Were we merely insane, or were we also criminally negligent, self-indulgent fools? Not for me to say, I suppose.
    But damn, it sure *seemed* like fun at the time.

  • charles demark

    As Chef said, “there’s a time and a place for everything, and it’s called college”.
    I have to say, though, that our elevated homeland terror status thingy doesn’t appear to be worth much, if a tripped-out kid can steal a car at LaGuardia Airport without arousing undue suspicion.

  • lawguy

    Hm, I wonder just how many mushrooms that was. Personally, I never ate more than I could digest in a say 24 hour period. But I guess that is just my conservatism clicking in.

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