Car barrels into a cafe in Excelsior; 2 detained

Police have detained two men they say may have been in a car that crashed through an Excelsior-area cafe early Sunday morning, Officer Carlos Manfredi said.

The incident started when an anonymous caller alerted police about a vehicle parked in the middle of the intersection at Alemany Boulevard and Onondaga Avenue about 6:15 a.m. Before police arrived to investigate, the vehicle accelerated at a high rate of speed for one block before crashing into Ricca’s Cyber Café at 4825 Mission St.

The car was going so fast it made it all the way to the back of the cafe, Manfredi said. The entire front of the cafe was destroyed.
When police arrived at the cafe, two men were standing outside the restaurant, Manfredi said. Those two men were detained for questioning about the crash. The two men were not injured.

As of Sunday afternoon, police could only say that the vehicle was not stolen. They were not sure if drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash, or even if the suspects were awake at the time.

Police say they will evaluate any video surveillance footage that may have captured the scene. They are also canvassing the area for any possible witnesses to the crash, Manfredi said.

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