Man accused of taking Metro Transit bus for a joyride is arrested


A 31-year-old St. Paul man accused of taking a metro bus for a joy ride on Interstate 494 on Wednesday night is now in custody.

Metro Transit Police, airport police and state patrol officers pursued the bus thief using GPS until stopping him just east of 24th Avenue near the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, reported the Star Tribune.

"The good news is that we were able to reach him within 8 minutes after the bus was reported missing," Metro Transit Spokesman Howie Padilla told BringMeTheNews.

The bus driver reported the vehicle stolen at 9:50 p.m. near the intersection of Marie Avenue East and South Roberts Street in West St. Paul, according to KARE 11. The driver returned from a scheduled break to find the vehicle missing.

Padilla said the suspected thief will be charged by the Hennepin County Attorney's Office in the coming days.

Officials told MPR that it's too early to tell if the Metro Transit driver will face discipline in connection with the incident.

The details on how or why the bus was stolen are still being investigated at this time, said Padilla.

No passengers were on the bus at the time of the theft, no one was injured and there is no reported damage, officials said.

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