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Driver crashes into Rancherito's in Taylorsville and flees

TAYLORSVILLE — A Salt Lake man fled after crashing his truck into a Rancherito's restaurant but was caught by police within minutes.

The pickup truck was traveling west on 5400 South when the driver lost control and crossed over the median, ran up on the sidewalk and crashed into the Mexican restaurant just after 7 p.m. He tried to flee across the street to an Albertson's grocery store.

The man was cited for driving on a suspended license and other minor traffic violations, said Taylorsville Police Sgt. Dan Moriarty.

The wall in the restaurant collapsed on impact but police said fortunately no one was in the damaged area at the time.

— Lana Groves