Calif. officer delivers Taco Bell meal after arresting delivery driver

"If your food delivery is stopped and has outstanding warrants, we'll get you your food in 30 minutes or...well, I don't know. We are a police department after all"

Daniel Langhorne
Laguna Beach Independent

LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. — A Taco Bell connoisseur who felt the pangs of hunger, but didn’t want to leave their home received their delivery from an unexpected source early Friday.

Rather than Uber Eats or Doordash, their meal arrived in a Laguna Beach police car.

The officer seized the fast-food cuisine from a driver who was en route to a delivery in the city about 1 a.m. Israel Barrera, 42, of Lake Elsinore was arrested for an outstanding warrant, Laguna Beach police Sgt. Jim Cota said in a prepared statement.


At 1:03 am this morning , an LBPD officer made a traffic stop and contacted the driver, who was delivering a Del Taco...

Posted by Laguna Beach Police Department on Friday, March 6, 2020

The warrant is related to a misdemeanor vandalism charge filed in Orange County Superior Court. In 2006, Barrera pleaded guilty to felony vandalism and misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon other than a firearm. He was sentenced to 90 days in county jail and three years of probation, according to court records.

“We at the Laguna Beach Police Department are no stranger to the midnight munchies,” Cota wrote. “Due to our caring and empathetic nature, the officer felt obligated to deliver the meal to the ordering customer.”

Cota vowed to prevent the public from going hungry if food delivery drivers are arrested in the future.

“We’ll get you your food in 30 minutes or… well I don’t know, we are a police department after all,” he wrote.

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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