UPPER DARBY, Pa. – March 17, 2010 (WPVI) — Police say a mentally disabled 16-year-old boy stole a bus in suburban Philadelphia and hit more than a dozen parked cars before being apprehended.
Officials tell Action News that the bus was sitting idle at the SEPTA Victory District facility, located adjacent to the SEPTA 69th Street terminal. At around 11:25 a.m., a 16-year-old boy jumped into the driver seat of the bus and drove off.
The bus crashed into several cars as it exited the Victory District lot and continued down West Chester Pike as police pursued.
The chase came to an end when the bus veered into a parking lot near the Elizabeth Manor Apartments near West Chester Pike and Victory Avenue – crashing into approximately fourteen vehicle and a utility pole.
Wires were knocked down in the area after the bus crashed.
The teen was arrested at the scene by undercover officers. As he was taken into custody the teen reportedly told officers that he was practicing for his driver’s license.
Action News has learned the teen left a West Philadelphia group home for mentally challenged individuals earlier this morning.
Authorities say one occupied vehicle was hit but no one was injured.
Transit officials say there were no passengers on the bus at the time.
The investigation is now underway.
O.K. Maybe I shouldn’t laugh at this story but all I could think of was the Blind Kid in “Bustin Loose” stealing the SchoolBus
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