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9-Year-Old Steals City Bus And Takes It For A Joyride

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A nine-year-old boy stole a city bus in Saskatoon and somehow managed to drive it for a few blocks Saturday morning. 

According to the police, he stole the bus from the bus garages on 300 block of 24th Street West and, luckily, no one was injured during the joyride.

CBC reporter Steve Pasqualotto was driving toward downtown when he saw a child driving the city bus.  Another witness, Michael Pritchard, said he saw the boy stealing the vehicle and followed him in order to stop the bus.

“I just thought, follow the bus and try to stop it.”

The bus finally stopped at the corner of Idylwyld Drive and 25th Street.  Pritchard opened the door, called the authorities and waited with the boy until the police arrived.

“When [the boy] stopped I kind of pulled in front and got so he couldn’t go nowhere. And then I told him, get out of the bus.”

Pritchard said the boy wouldn’t answer any questions.

“He just kept saying, ‘No. No.’”

Although the child hit two vehicles, since he is only nine years old, the police cannot press charges.

According to city officials, the stolen bus was being repaired when the boy stole it.

Jeff Jorgenson, General Manager of Transportation & Utilities Department, said procedures and safety protocols were clearly violated.

Namely, the door was left unlocked and the bus was not secure.

“This is a case, from what I’ve seen, [where] policy and procedures were very clearly violated.  Buses are not to be left in that condition.  We have a lot of work to do, to get all of the facts together.”


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