Police: Two arrested after stealing friend’s car at QuikTrip, two others at large

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The driver of an SUV reported stolen hit an ATA bus carrying about 20 passengers at 28th and Van Brunt Blvd., Thursday morning.

The crash happened after Independence police tried to stop the driver at about 8:55 a.m. Police told FOX 4 they received a call from someone who said their car was stolen at a Quik Trip near I-70 and Noland Rd. Apparently, the car's owner was at the QuikTrip when four of his friends jumped in and took off -- without him. The driver called police.

The driver fled down 40 Highway, and police said they pursued them until 40 Highway and Manchester.

According to a person on Facebook:

"The suspect flew through the grass and into my work's parking lot to realize he had no where to go and took off again on 40 hwy. He was in a red suv."

Independence Police notified Kansas City police that the vehicle was then in their territory.

After crashing into the ATA bus, where no or only minor injuries were reported, the occupants bailed out near Blue Valley Park. Police later arrested two of the four -- a man and a woman.

"This is a very well known area where people dump stolen autos, and they went right to it, and sure enough, the car was there," Darin Snapp, Kansas City PIO, said. "They thought they saw some people running into the woods. They started looking through the woods, circled the area and brought the K-9s out. We did end up arresting two people and we believe two more people are in the woods."

Police did not pursue the other two suspects, as the SUV's owner was able to identify who they are. Police said they're confident they'll find them.

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