Indianapolis – A suspect stole a school bus from the Cincinnati, Ohio area this morning, leading police from multiple Indiana police departments into a chase that lasted nearly an hour, after which the bus was immobilized and the suspect was arrested.
At approximately 10:15 a.m. this morning, the Indiana State Police Versailles Post was contacted by Ohio officials that a 2021 yellow school bus was stolen from the Cincinnati area and pursued as it traveled west on Interstate 74. I was informed that it was. Near Batesville, Ripley County, Indiana. A Batesville Police Department officer and two Indiana State Police officers located the vehicle and pursued it as it entered Decatur County, Indiana.
Officers attempted to initiate a traffic stop for vehicles. The only suspect in the vehicle, Chad Avery Murdoch, 32, of Cincinnati, Ohio, did not stop and fled from the officers in the vehicle. The vehicle ended up going off-road and into numerous fields and gardens. The bus traveled many county roads, US 421 and SR 9, during the chase. As the bus entered Shelby County, a number of police officers from multiple stations joined in pursuit.
The officers eventually managed to activate the tire deflator, deflating the bus’s tires. At about 11:15 a.m., Murdoch pulled the bus over near County Route 25 East, just south of Shelbyville, Indiana, after a police officer pushed it into a box while the bus was driving through another field. rice field. Murdoch was later taken into custody without incident.
During the chase, it collided with a bus, damaging multiple police vehicles. Several fields and gardens were also damaged by Murdoch’s actions.
Neither Murdoch nor the police involved were injured in the incident.
Murdoch was transferred to the Decatur County Jail, where he was held on preliminary charges of resisting law enforcement, reckless vehicular crime, possession of stolen property, and criminal mischief. Additional charges may apply.