A man is in police custody after stealing a school bus in Cincinnati and driving more than an hour west to Shelbyville, Indiana, plowing through multiple cornfields during a police chase, law enforcement officials tell CityBeat.
Officials with Indiana State Police (ISP) said officers locked onto the bus as it passed through Greensburg, Indiana going west on Interstate 74. As officers chased the school bus, the driver pulled off onto country roads and plowed through multiple cornfields, ISP said.
The chase ultimately ended in southern Shelby County where the driver was arrested without incident, ISP said. The driver was the only person on board. Shelby County dispatchers told CityBeat that Shelby County Sheriff's deputies did not make the arrest and that ISP has taken over the case.
ISP said there was damage to the school bus marked "Universal Transportation Services" (UTS) on the side, but could not confirm the extent of the damage.
A spokesperson for UTS told CityBeat the bus was from the company's "Yellow Bus Division," which UTS said primarily serves students, but could not confirm what the bus was being used for at the time it was stolen.
Cincinnati Public Schools began summer break last week, according to the district's online calendar. Kathryn Robinson, a spokesperson for CPS, confirmed to CityBeat that no CPS students or programs were involved in the incident.
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