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A Car Rammed Into Pip’s Original Doughnuts this Weekend

No one was injured when a car smashed through the front wall of the cafe early Sunday morning

The wreckage outside of Pip’s
Pip’s Doughnuts/Official

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.

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.

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