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Man who stole school bus in Alabama because he needed a ride to Florida rams into police cars

By Mason White 4:25 PM August 29, 2017
Brandon Peckinpaugh
Brandon Peckinpaugh
By: Emily Lewis

(Scroll down for video) A man who wanted a ride to Florida, stole a school bus and led police in a high-speed chase, according to police in Alabama.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office said that on Monday, shortly before 8:00 a.m., the Blount County Sheriff’s Office notified the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office of a school bus that had been stolen in their jurisdiction.

The description of the bus was given and the suspect was described as a white male.

At approximately 8:00 a.m., Jefferson County Deputies in the Bessemer Division came into contact with the stolen bus and attempted to get the vehicle to stop.

The driver refused to stop and a pursuit ensued.

Deputies along with several other law enforcement agencies continued to follow the bus throughout the Birmingham area.

During the pursuit, the driver made aggressive maneuvers towards law enforcement vehicles.

An Alabama State Trooper vehicle was hit as the trooper was attempting to deploy stop sticks.

The bus finally came to a stop off of I-459N at the Acton Road Exit.

He then threw two guns out of the bus.

The suspect, 24-year-old Brandon Peckinpaugh from Kentucky, was taken into custody and transported to the Jefferson County Jail in Bessemer, without further incident.

He is being charged in Jefferson County with attempting to elude, reckless endangerment and resisting arrest.

His bond’s total was set at $15,000.

The Blount County Sheriff’s Office has charged the suspect with first-degree theft of property, two counts of unlawful breaking and entering of a vehicle, and two counts of theft of second-degree theft of property.

The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency is preparing to file attempted murder charges for ramming into police cars during the chase.

During questioning, Peckinpaugh told police that his friends were taking him to Florida, when he got into a fight with them.

Peckinpaugh was kicked out of the car in Alabama.

He then decided to steal the school bus to drive himself to Florida.