Ice cream truck owner drives and sells cold treats to kids while high on marijuana and cocaine


Girl holding ice cream (illustration) 
By: Chan Yuan

A man was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence after being caught driving an ice cream truck while high on drugs, according to police in the United Kingdom.

Now, 52-year-old Gaetano Palminteri of Essex, has been sentenced to serve 16 weeks in prison, which was suspended.

He was also banned from driving for the next three years.

According to the police investigation, Palminteri was seen driving his Guy’s Super Soft ice cream truck and serving children while acting erratically.

Responsible adults called the police, and he was found to be 16 times over the legal limit. The court was told that Palminteri was high on marijuana and cocaine when he was stopped by police.

Officers also found drugs inside his ice cream truck.

The judge said that he handed down a harsh sentence as serving kids ice cream while under the influence of drugs was an aggravating factor.

After Palminteri to using cocaine over a period of several months, the judge ordered him to 20 days of drug rehabilitation.