Voodoo Doughnut Founder Tres Shannon Crashed Into a Honey Bucket

"Dazed and confused" donut magnate rammed a porta-potty with his car

Tres Shannon had a pretty wild night last Aug. 22. 

When police arrived at 2250 NW Quimby St. at 1:28 am, they found Shannon, a co-founder of Voodoo Doughnut, "dazed and confused."

His 1992 Mercedes was high-centered on the sidewalk, police wrote, pinning a Honey Bucket port-a-potty against a construction fence.

A witness told police that Shannon, now 48, had "rammed the porta-potty with the rear end of the vehicle."

The witness said Shannon"drove forward and reversed into the porta potty at least three times, pushing the porta potty into a chain linked fence."

That left the Mercedes high-centered on the sidewalk, with its nose pointing down into an adjacent construction project.

Shannon told police he'd been drinking beer with "the Timbers Army" at the Matador bar on West Burnside. (The Timbers played Real Salt Lake to a 3-3 draw on Aug. 21.) Shannon told officers "I'm sort of a light-weight," according to the police report, and declined to take a breathalyzer test.

He was charged with DUII; criminal mischief; reckless endangerment and reckless driving.

On Nov. 1, 2013, Shannon pleaded no contest to the DUII charge and entered Multnomah County's diversion program. The mischief and endangerment charges were dismissed subject to civil compromise later that month.

Then on Jan. 14, Shannon pleaded guilty to reckless driving. The sentencing for that conviction is scheduled for next January, giving him time to complete the diversion program.

On Jan. 15—the day after Shannon's guilty plea—Voodoo Doughnut opened its first non-Oregon location, in Denver. The Denver Post described the reaction as a "frenzy." 

Shannon did not reply to WW's requests for comment.

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