12-Year-Old Boy Allegedly Steals School Bus, Takes It for Joyride in Maine

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A 12-year-old boy allegedly stole a school bus and drove around Bangor, Maine before he was spotted by a driver and stopped, police said.

The action started Thursday when John W. St. Germain III and his girlfriend spotted a bus being commandeered by a young driver.

St. Germain’s girlfriend started taping, and on instinct the pair followed the “blue missile of destruction” and put in a call to police.

The Bangor Police Department said St. Germain was able to get on the bus and convince the underage driver to give up the wheel (he was the only one on the bus). The boy was taken into custody and St. Germain got some recognition.

The department then posted the cellphone video and put together an amusing account of the incident.

Here are the highlights:

“Now, he would not win one of those school bus rodeos nor would he get cookies and cakes from adoring parents at the end of the year for how he conducted himself with all that precious cargo in the back. But, as a “glass half full” kind of guy, I say he did not do that badly.” “John W. St. Germain III and his girlfriend observed this young man driving a bus and thought, ‘hey that kid is way too young to be driving a bus.’ Common sense runs deep in a good Mainer.” “John bailed out of the car and ran up to the door of the bus and Ralph Kramden’d his way into the seat. “And awwwaaaay we gooooooo!” “Yes. In a world where they let the Kardashians have access to social media, we are unable to add a still photograph to a Facebook post that includes video.”

There was no word on any charges.