Nashville, TN – A 14-year-old boy was tased and dragged out of a school bus on the interstate after he allegedly stole the bus and led police on a reckless chase on Monday.
The incident began shortly before 4 p.m. on May 8, when the unnamed teen allegedly stole a school bus from KIPP College Prep school on Murfreesboro Pike, the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department (MNPD) said in a press release later that day.
Nashville police said the suspect crashed into a diesel fuel pump at Casey’s Market on Centennial Boulevard and also allegedly “attempted to run over a person at the market” prior to making his way onto Briley Parkway.
He then drove onto Interstate 40 westbound, crashing into a car along the way, the MNPD said.
The bus reached speeds of 65 miles per hour as officers pursued it down the interstate, according to police.
Officers attempted to stop the suspect by deploying a spike strip near the McCrory Lane exit.
“The teen evidently saw the spike strip, slowed the bus, and attempted to turn around in the middle of the west bound lanes,” the MNPD said.
Officers seized the opportunity to stop the driver.
They ran up to the bus and busted out the glass on the door, then tased the teen while he “was attempting to continue operating the bus,” the MNPD said.
The suspect was taken into custody without further incident.
He has since been charged with offenses of evading arrest, aggravated assault, vehicle theft, reckless driving, leaving the scene of a crash, driving without a license, and failure to report a crash, the MNPD said.
The MNPD said in a Facebook post that the incident caused “quite the stir.”
It is unclear whether anyone was injured during the mayhem.