A school bus was hijacked by a man threatening the driver and students Thursday morning in central Arkansas. A 10-mile police chase ensued with 11 elementary students on-board the school bus, CNN reports Oct. 17.
Nicholas John Miller, 22, was arrested for the school bus hijacking. The chase began in Jacksonville near Cabot, Jacksonville police Capt. Kenny Boyd confirmed.
Fortunately, none of the students nor the bus driver were injured. The students who were on the school bus were from Pinewood Elementary School in Jacksonville
The school bus was hijacked when Miller allegedly demanded a car from a woman in Jacksonville. She reportedly "did not have one to give," Jacksonville police stated in their news release. After that, the school bus arrived where Miller left the woman. He then climbed aboard the bus, wielded a knife, and took over the driver's seat. The woman Miller tried to hijack called police once he raced off with the bus. 10 police cars were speeding after the hijacked school bus on a two-lane road. The chase ended about 20 minutes after the bus was initially hijacked.
"We were able to get the bus stopped. The suspect was taken into custody, and nobody was injured," Boyd said.
Parents were notified of the school bus being hijacked. A motive for the hijacking hasn't been revealed, but Miller is charged with "a felony count of vehicle piracy, 12 felony counts of kidnapping, and two felony counts of aggravated assault," said Jacksonville police spokeswoman, April Kiser.
Miller's grandmother said she has no idea why he hijacked the school bus. She described him as having a "good heart." Miller is from Jacksonville.