The Oregonian broke the news yesterday that a car drove through the front wall of Pip’s Original Doughnuts, a beloved mini-donut and chai shop, early Sunday morning. Police reported that no one was injured and the driver was not intoxicated.
Nate Snell, the owner of Pip’s, posted photos of the damage to Instagram, which included a destroyed bus stop just outside the shop on NE Fremont. Reportedly the driver of the car was traveling eastbound around 3:50 a.m. Sunday morning when they crossed traffic lanes, drove up onto the sidewalk, through the bus stop, a heavy planter box, and a steel bench, then into the doughnut shop. They then backed up and drove away. Pip’s also shared security footage of the collision.
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Here’s the security cam footage from the accident. At this point we still don’t know anything more and we are waiting for the police report. ( which they say might take 6 weeks ) So happy no one was hurt! Sad that the high bar I built by hand was destroyed. So many amazing pictures taken in that sweet spot. xo, Nate Update: For some reason @portlandpolice Has been telling news outlets that we exchanged insurance information with the driver and that there were no charges filed. In reality we never saw the driver, much less spoke to them. When we arrived to work this morning there was a business card for the responding officer lying on our counter. We called and were told they were off duty. We requested a copy of the police report online as instructed but that’s been the extent of our communication with anyone involved. hopefully we will get some answers soon. it certainly would be nice to hear from the person who did this. Just a little note or something. Accidents happen! ❤️#communitynotcompetition
Oddly, a Portland Police spokesperson claimed that the driver and the business shared insurance information, but Snell disputed the statement on social media, writing, “When we arrived to work this morning there was a business card for the responding officer lying on our counter. We called and were told they were off duty. We requested a copy of the police report online as instructed but that’s been the extent of our communication with anyone involved.”
Pip’s was luckily able to board up and re-open, as nothing crucial was destroyed in the crash (though a high bar that Snell built by hand was demolished). Staff is now waiting for the official police report, which may take as long as six weeks.