KCKPD Dash Cam, ATA bus hijacked, fire ensues


May 20, 2010
KC Metro
Make sure you pay attention at the end of this video. The officers on scene arresting the hijacker almost get knee capped by an exploding tire/rim. Don't forget to read some of the viewers comments too. Knuckleheads out there want the officers to be brought up on charges for tackling the jacker too hard over the fence. Please....

http://www.fox4kc.com/news/wdaf-kansas- ... 3387.story

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Kansas City, Kansas Police have no idea why someone would carjack an ATA bus, but on Friday morning their suspect grabbed a female bus driver, threw her out of the bus and then took off with cops in hot pursuit. Police dashcam video shows the explosive end to the chase.

The bus caught fire before the chase ended at 34th and Parallel in KCK and only FOX 4 was there for the arrest in a nearby cemetery. 46-year-old Stephen Donnell from KCK has been charged with aggravated burglary, robbery and eluding a police officer.

The bus wasn't the bad guy's original target: a concrete truck was. Donnell threw a rock through the window to try and gain access to the driver's seat.

"I turned around and looked as he hopped in the truck and trying go the truck started and apparently couldn't get the truck started," witness Chris Shane said. "Realized he was out of luck here and he took off down towards Indian Springs Shopping Center."

At the shopping center, Donnell saw the bus and gave new meaning to "welcome aboard."

"As that officer was pulling up, the officer saw the bus driver being thrown off the bus and the bus starting to take off," Captain John Cosgrove said.

The bus hit three cars during the chase and John Davis Smith said he was nearly number four.

"Well, let's put it this way, spilled my coffee," he said.

A tire that caught fire and flew off the bus finally brought the chase to an end.

"I think the only reason he was stopping was because the tire and the vehicle came on fire, otherwise we'd probably be going for quite awhile," Smith said.

The tire fire charred the entire bus, worth more than $300,000. Donnell is in the Wyandotte County Jail on a $25,000 bond.


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May 20, 2010
I love that- causes over $300,000 in damages (at least) and is able to get out on a $25,000 bond..

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