Multiple media reported Sunday morning that a 15-year-old who escaped from juvenile detention custody stole a Birmingham MAX Transit city bus as a getaway vehicle.
According to local media, the escaped teenager led police on a chase Sunday morning through a residential neighborhood, and struck police cars, in the “north Avondale area of Birmingham.” WVTM reported police “put out spike strips” to stop the minibus which it did eventually. The teen then took off on foot. Late Sunday afternoon, he was back in custody.
The MAX Transit system has not responded on social media to the theft of the bus and it’s not clear how the teen was able to commander it. MAX Transit says it ‘provides safe, reliable, and dependable public transportation for the Birmingham Metropolitan area.’
What happened, local media reported was “…it all started about 3:30 a.m. Sunday when officers from the South Precinct were dispatched to the area of the Lakeview District on a call about two individuals with guns. The two individuals were stopped by officers and it was discovered that they were in possession of a BB gun and paintball gun.”
The report reads that the 15-year-old’s mother “refused to come take custody of him so he was placed into protective custody and taken to the juvenile detention facility in the 200 block of 2nd Court North. The teen was still outside the facility when he escaped custody around 6:30 a.m.”
Police told WVTM news that after the escape the teenage boy stole a MAX transit minibus from the transit depot. It’s not known how he got there or how he was able to steal the bus. Police saw the stolen bus and pursued it and authorities told local media, the boy “intentionally struck two patrol vehicles” during that chase and it was called off.