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
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
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
After locking the keys in the stolen car, Cunningham allegedly stole
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
"I want to correct my mistakes," Cunningham reportedly told Trooper
Andre Roy. "In retrospect, this was a bad idea."
He volunteered a written confession, police said. He was arraigned
Friday and was held on $2,500 bail. Both stolen vehicles were recovered.
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