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Bad Brakes Crash into Starbucks

(La Porte, IN) - There was quite a scene in La Porte this afternoon when a pick-up truck hit Starbucks.


Numerous police officers and other emergency responders went there about noon on a report of a motor vehicle striking the popular coffee house facing Pine Lake Avenue over and over again. But, as it turned out, there was no mad man behind the wheel.


LaPorte Police Chief Paul Brettin said the brakes went out on an older model pick-up truck owned by a man in his 60s or 70s. The vehicle went over the parking block and sidewalk and struck the glass and part of the wall at the front entranceway.


Brettin said there was broken glass, but the truck did not go into the building.


“Yes, he hit the building. He may have hit it twice, but it was mechanical,” Brettin said.

Brettin said officers confirmed his brake pedal went all the way to the floorboard. The man was shaken up, and a family member came down and gave him a ride home.


There were no reported injuries.

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