Police Arrest Illinois Man for Stealing Van Filled With Doughnuts

An Illinois man was arrested after police chased a stolen delivery van loaded with doughnuts across two Iowa counties at speeds of up to 100 mph.

The van, owned by Donut Delite, of Moline, Ill., was stolen early Thursday while the driver was making deliveries at a hospital in nearby Rock Island.

More than 100 miles later in Iowa, a Benton County sheriff's deputy spotted the van about 9:30 a.m. — and the chase began.

Other officers joined in, and the chase stretched into Tama County. Authorities finally cornered the van in Toledo and arrested the driver, Frank Alvarado, 46, of Moline, Ill. He is charged with theft, eluding and numerous traffic violations.

He had been a patient at Trinity Medical Hospital-West in Rock Island, authorities said.

The bakery donated the doughnuts to the officers involved in the chase.

"They probably deserved it," said Sharon Wainwright, manager of Delite Donuts.