Juveniles steal 2 school buses, drive one 100 miles to Lexington before crashing


Two juveniles have been charged in Knox County after stealing a school bus and driving it 100 miles to Lexington.

Knox County Sheriff Mike Smith said that Monday morning at approximately 2:45 deputies responded to the report of a school bus crash at Central Elementary School, adjacent to the county’s bus garage.

Upon arriving at the scene, police found that a bus drove through a chain link fence and became stuck.

The investigation showed, according to police, that four juveniles walked away from the Appalachian Children’s Home in Barbourville. Two of the four juveniles then stole a school bus from the bus garage.

After fleeing the scene after the bus became stuck, two male juveniles stole another school bus and were soon joined by the other two juveniles, police said.

The four juveniles traveled to Lexington, 100 miles away, and crashed the bus on Richmond Road.

The four juveniles were apprehended.

Two of the juveniles were charged with two counts of auto theft (more than $10,000, less than $100,000), first-degree wanton endangerment and first-degree criminal mischief.

The other two juveniles were returned to the children’s home.

The investigation is ongoing.

By Ken Howlett, News Director

Contact Ken at ken@k105.com