Police: 12-year-old boy went on joy ride in stolen bus

(WLFI Photo)

BROOKSTON, Ind. (WLFI) — Keys laying inside a school bus allowed a 12-year-old boy to take it for a ride. He then led police on a three-county chase before crashing into a home.

White County Sheriff Pat Shafer said the boy rode his bike from Battle Ground to a home in Brookston where the bus was sitting with the keys inside. Shafer said the boy drove off in a bus from Frontier School Corporation.

Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s deputies were tipped off to a potential reckless driver on Tyler Road, near Battle Ground. Deputies chased him through Tippecanoe, Carroll and White counties.

Deputies contacted White County officials as they neared the county line around 3:30 a.m. Tuesday. Police put stop sticks on the road after the boy ignored their lights and sirens.

The bus then turned into a neighborhood in Brookston. It smashed through hedges before coming to a stop by crashing into a garage on Ripley Street.

“We were actually forced to deploy stop sticks twice. The vehicle still did not stop. It turned on to 43 and 18 on South Ripley Street and actually collided with a home. Thankfully, there were no injuries involved,” said Alex Feistel with the Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Office.

Shafer said the boy behind the wheel is learning challenged. Tippecanoe County deputies detained the boy, Shafer said, however word about the status of the boy and where he is now is not available at this time.

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