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Stolen Stumptown Coffee Truck Takes California Highway Patrol on Slow-Speed Chase

This story features two things LA loves: fancy cold brew and a car chase

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An allegedly stolen truck bearing the logo of Portland’s Stumptown Coffee Roasters led police officers and the California Highway Patrol on a “slow-speed” chase through Los Angeles County today, drawing the attention of several local news helicopters and amused coffee fans on social media, including LA journalist Javier Cabral.

As local news station KTLA5 reports, the local sheriff’s department identified the truck as a stolen vehicle and started to pursue the driver, who led police onto the freeway. After a short chase, the driver attempted to evade officers by jumping out of the vehicle and running across the freeway: “He could be seen running through some shrubbery along the roadway, falling as he slid down small grassy hillside there,” KTLA reports. The suspect was quickly apprehended.

Los Angeles’s ABC7 live video of the chase pre-empted its afternoon airing of The Chew; its viewers were able to watch the suspect being apprehended live:

It’s unclear if the truck contained any of Stumptown’s property, or if the suspect was able to consume any of it before the chase. (Maybe not, given the pursuit’s somewhat leisurely pace.) Eater has reached out to the coffee roaster for comment.

Driver of Stumptown Coffee Truck in Custody After Running Across 14 Fwy at End of Pursuit [KTLA via @thegluster]

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