A 15-year-old boy driving a stolen bus crashed into an embankment near Interstate 75 early Friday after racing away from a deputy trying to stop him, Monroe County officials said.
The boy, from Henry County, was spotted about 4:30 a.m. driving along Ga. 42, seven miles north of Forsyth.
Monroe sheriff’s Lt. Brad Freeman said the teen’s grandfather alerted authorities that the boy was out driving the bus in the middle of the night.
“He said the boy had gone to his house to try to hide out, but the grandpa wouldn’t let him stay with him,” Freeman said.
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The vehicle, a yellow school bus with the county name blacked out, was recently stolen from a Henry County church, Freeman said. Someone apparently left the keys in it.
Monroe deputies used spike strips to flatten the bus’s tires as it closed in on Forsyth, not far from Frontage Road and the Georgia Public Safety Training Center. The bus struck an embankment and wrecked in a ditch.
The boy was treated at an area hospital and then jailed at the Macon Youth Development Campus, charged with eluding, theft and traffic violations.