Man who stole school bus in Independence, led police on chase in custody

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FILE – Yellow School Bus in a District Lot Waiting to Depart

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — A man has been arrested after police say he stole a school bus in Independence and led police on a chase.

At 2:20 a.m., Monday, officers noticed a school bus was driving around in a neighborhood. Given the suspicion, police began to follow the bus.

The man driving the bus fled from the officer as soon he noticed the officer was following him. The officer pursued and stopped a couple of times due to careless driving by the suspect.

Officers were able to keep the bus in sight and the bus ran over stop sticks at I-70 and Lee’s Summit Road continuing to flee. Officers ended the pursuit again near 40 Highway and Hardy Road.

KCPD located the bus at 25th and Denver Avenue a short time later and were able to arrest the suspected driver.

According to police, the bus was determined to be stolen from the Apple Bus Company in Independence.

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