Buena Park Police cruisers. Courtesy of the department

Maybe a taco truck isn’t such a great getaway vehicle in a wild police chase.

It wasn’t an epic police chase by Los Angeles standards, but it was unusual when an alleged vehicle thief stole an “Epic Tacos” truck and led police on a wild half-hour chase that ended in Granada Hills.

The taco truck driver was in custody Wednesday after he was trapped by driving into a dead-end street and he tried to run from officers who nabbed him with the help of police dogs.

The suspect abandoned the van he was driving at the end of a cul de sac and took off running about 7:40 p.m. Tuesday in the area of Pineridge Drive and McClennan Avenue, near the Knollwood Country Club, according to Officer Mike Lopez of the Los Angeles Police Department‘s Media Relations Section.

The chase, which began in the area of Glenoaks Boulevard and Desmond Street in Pacoima, lasted about 30 minutes, Lopez said, adding that no officers were injured, although police were investigating if he used the van in an attempt to assault one of them.

Officers contained the area where the man fled and brought in a K-9 unit.

The man was eventually taken into custody, but it was not immediately clear what he would be booked for, Lopez said.

The suspect drove on streets and the Ronald Reagan (118) Freeway before exiting in Granada Hills, according to CBS2, which reported that the van, which was emblazoned with the logo “Epic Tacos,” also clipped a pickup truck.

–City News Service

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