LEESBURG, Fla. — A 13-year-old boy was arrested for allegedly stealing a school bus and taking it on a joyride here last week while the bus driver left the bus to use the restroom, WFTV reports.
As the bus driver was preparing for a field trip, she stepped away from the bus for two minutes, according to the news source. School officials told WFTV that they believe the boy, Andre Johnson, was lying in wait when he reportedly boarded the bus and drove away. Charlotte Rooney-Route, who manages the bus compound where the bus was located, told the news source that she contacted the police and let them know the direction the bus was traveling.
Police told WFTV that as Johnson drove off, he knocked down reflectors and then drove through a neighborhood. Investigators told the news source that Johnson drove down a dead end, turned the bus around and then plowed through a stop sign and utility box. Fifteen minutes later, the school bus was found using GPS tracking software, ending the 1.5-mile joyride, school officials told WFTV.
Johnson was arrested and charged with vehicle theft, according to the news source.
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