A state Highway Patrol trooper sued Taco Bell, saying he was served an order of nachos with spit on them.

The lawsuit, filed last week in Buncombe County Superior Court, said restaurant employee Jason Paul Jones spit in food ordered last summer by Trooper Chris T. Phillips. Phillips named Taco Bell Corp., Restaurant Management of Carolina and Jones in the suit."It's definitely left a phobia about eating at fast food restaurants," said Phillips, 31. He's seeking more than $20,000 in damages.

The lawsuit alleges Phillips ate several of the nachos, and "then noticed a clear, slimy substance on the nacho chips that appeared to him to be human saliva."

Testing by the State Bureau of Investigation Lab confirmed the presence of human saliva on the chips, according to the lawsuit.

"I think my only question was why. Had I done something to anyone there?" Phillips said.

Said his lawyer, Robert B. Long Jr.: "We don't know whether it was because he was a highway patrolman or because Chris happens to be black or if this is something they do every now and then."