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Two men have been arrested in San Bernardino, California, on suspecion of stealing a taco truck. Above, a Los Angeles taco truck (not the same as the one reported stolen) drives on a residential street. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok

Los Angeles — Everyone likes tacos, but few like them as much as the two suspected taco truck thieves Sean Fowler, 20, and Daiquon Horne, 22, who reportedly led police on a mild-speed chase Monday. The jalapeño hijacking ended in the suspects’ arrests, the smell of gas, and a terrified group of school children. Police say that they responded to a theft report at the Amapola Rico Taco restaurant on Monday when the stolen food truck in question passed by them on the street, leading to a police chase on the highway.

The chase could have ended in tragedy. Back on the residential streets of San Bernardino, the suspected taco kleptomaniacs reportedly found themselves trapped between the cops at their rear and the slog of Monday morning traffic in front of them. Near the end of the chase, they swerved onto a residential sidewalk to avoid a schoolbus full of children, only to hit a propane truck on a perpendicular street a few feet away. Police opened fire on the suspects.

The truck did not explode. The suspects were not shot. The children were not hurt. The men driving the taco truck were arrested on suspicion of grand theft, evading police and assault with a weapon. Everyone involved will live más , as the one taco chain's slogan goes. But clearing up the chaos was a challenge of police. They had to clear out the school bus, evacuated the taco truck drivers (who suffered minor injuries) and assess the damage to the propane truck.

“You can smell gas, kind of,” one officer told an ABC News affiliate.

With an entire truck full of tacos, we wouldn’t expect anything less.

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