Suspect steals school bus near Cincinnati, leads police on hunt across Indiana

A man was arrested after police said he led officers on a cross-county chase on Tuesday.

At approximately 10:15 a.m., the Indiana State Police Versailles Station was contacted by Ohio authorities who said a school bus was stolen in the Cincinnati area and was heading toward Ripley County, Indiana, according to a news release.

A Batesville officer and two state troopers saw the bus and followed it as it entered Decatur County, Indiana.

Troopers attempted to stop the bus, but said the suspect driver, identified as 32-year-old Chad Avery Murdock of Cincinnati, did not stop and continued to walk away from officers.

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Soldiers said the bus ran off the road in numerous fields and yards.

Officers were able to deploy a device that deflated the tires on the bus and at approximately 11:15 a.m. locked up the bus as it drove through a field in Shelby County, Indiana.

Murdock was taken into custody.

He was taken to the Decatur County Jail where he was charged with resisting law enforcement, criminal recklessness with a vehicle, possession of stolen property and criminal mischief.

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