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Deputies looking for man who stole, crashed Whitley County school bus

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Published: Apr. 26, 2022 at 4:35 PM EDT
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WHITLEY COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Deputies in Whitley County say they are looking for a man who stole a school bus, then wrecked it.

It happened around 11 o’clock Monday night in the Boston community, close to the Tennessee state line.

The school bus was parked overnight at Boston Elementary, likely because its driver lives close by.

Surveillance video shows the suspect somehow getting into the bus, finding the key, which may have been left in a compartment, and driving off.

You see the man look towards the back of the bus as if he hears something. What he hears, is likely a soccer ball that keeps rolling around, just not when he’s looking back. A few minutes into his joyride, while the bus is still moving, he leaps off it, and the bus crashes.

“Apparently it [the bus] was damaged pretty good,” said Chief Deputy Tim Baker, Whitley County Sheriff’s Office. “I talked to the guy over the bus garage, and they had to replace some doors on it.”

The Whitley County Schools superintendent says they are still assessing the level of damage to the bus.

The Whitley County Sheriff’s Office says they have a suspect and are working on more leads to make an arrest.

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