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In what was probably the least gross competitive eating event I have ever seen, James Donohue destroyed the rest of the field at this morning’s CHiPs DVD Release/Donut-Eating Contest. Donohue inhaled 18 donuts before anyone else could finish as many as a dozen (and I’m talking full-sized glazed donuts, too, not the tiny, little powdered sugar motherscratchers.) CHiPs star, Erik Estrada, was on-hand to referee the whole affair but his services were barely needed as Donohue employed his signature, Kobayashi-esque, crush-and-roll technique to embarrass his clearly overmatched opponents and collect the $2500 first prize.

Since the event was held in Los Angeles, there was the obligatory cadre of cute and blonde PR ladies, WireImage photographer and aging Elvis impersonator. Randy’s Donuts provided the venue and the donuts, which I found to be perfectly chewy and not too filling. Of course, all were disappointed that no one went beyond their physical limits and vomited all over the stage. Maybe next time.

Estrada, who seemed a genuinely good sport, will be signing DVDs of the just-released CHiPs: The Complete First Season from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Best Buy in West Hollywood tonight (1015 North La Brea). Pics and video after the jump.