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Dude, where’s my friend’s car? Naperville man passes out in pickup truck

Ann Randy Sundberg  |  Supplied photo

Ann and Randy Sundberg | Supplied photo

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Updated: May 21, 2013 10:49PM



A Manhattan couple leaving a Brad Paisley concert at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park earlier this month headed to a Denny’s Restaurant for a late-night snack.

After they pulled into the restaurant’s parking lot, a 20-year-old Naperville man, who had mistaken their pickup truck for a friend’s, hopped out of the back.

“We had no idea he was there,” Ann Sundberg said Tuesday.

Dalton Henninger told police he was wandering the amphitheatre parking lot after the May 11 show when he mistook their truck for his friend’s and climbed into the truck’s bed, according to Mokena Police. He told police he “passed out drunk” and woke up when the truck started driving away.

When they parked in the restaurant’s lot, “I heard someone say, ‘Wow! What a ride,’ and thought it was one of the motorcyclists who also pulled into the lot,” Sundberg said.

Her husband, Randy, got out of the truck and saw Henninger jump out.

“He said, ‘What the hell are you doing in my truck?’ ” Ann Sundberg said.

Her husband went to check the truck while Henninger walked away. When they saw that Henninger had vomited in the truck, Randy went to make him clean it up and Ann called police.

According to Ann Sundberg, Henninger said his friend’s truck was blue. Her truck is black.

“It was a country concert,” she said. “There were pickup trucks everywhere.”

Henninger was charged with criminal trespass to a vehicle, disorderly conduct and illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor, according to police.

Calls to Henninger were not returned.

Ann Sundberg said she has “mixed emotions” about pressing charges.

“I feel sorry for him, but I’m still mad,” she said. “If something happened to him that night while we were driving, we would have been liable. He needs to know that what he does has repercussions on other people.”

After leaving the police station early Sunday morning, the Sundbergs’ first stop was the nearest car wash.

“I wanted that vomit out of my truck,” Ann Sundberg said.



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