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Some Jerk Threatens In-N-Out Employees Then Steals A Police Cruiser

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Pasadena In-N-Out-goers witnessed some unexpected excitement Monday night after a man threatened employees and then stole a police cruiser.

City News Service reports that the bizarre incident began with a 9:47 p.m. 9-1-1 call from In-N-Out Burger employees reporting a man blocking the restaurant's driveway and threatening to shoot people. Pasadena police officers arrived within ten minutes and managed to apprehend Joel Soto, the 52-year-old suspect, albeit briefly.

"As officers were trying to put Soto in custody, he broke free made it to one of the police cruisers, and stole it," Pasadena Police Lt. John Luna told City News Service.

After commandeering the cruiser, Soto led police on a twelve-minute, 8-mile chase through Pasadena surface streets, according to a department press release. The chase ended at Lake Avenue and Claremont Street, when another cruiser rammed the stolen police car.

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After the crash, Soto climbed out of the car through the driver-side window and up onto the cruiser's roof, where he was struck by a police taser. He then jumped off the police car and somehow managed to land on his feet, at which point he was taken into custody. ABC reports that Soto is now in jail.

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