A man believed to be from Florida was in Pennsylvania when police accused him of stealing a school bus with a deceased deer inside.
On the morning of April 4, the Gettysburg Pennsylvania State Police received a report that a school bus had been stolen in Abbottstown.
Shortly after the report was made, the Carroll Township Police Station learned that the bus was seen in Dillsburg.
Officers reported that they located the bus as it was being driven through a shopping center parking lot. They tried to perform a traffic stop, but the driver reportedly took off in the vehicle.
The authorities caught up with the bus and successfully got the driver to pull over, but before they were able to interact with him the man reportedly drove away again.
It was reported that the bus was driven so unsafely that it almost tipped over. The driver went into a residential area and abandoned the vehicle before running into the woods.
When they inspected the bus, the police reported that they found a dead deer inside.
While he was being chased by the police, the man reportedly took off his clothing and kept running. Officers detained him after a short chase through a business area.
When they discussed the dead deer, the man allegedly said he was bringing the carcass to his residence to use it as fertilizer.
The suspect was placed under arrest. Since he reportedly committed crimes in two counties, the authorities are pursuing charges of third-degree felony receiving stolen property, third-degree felony fleeing or attempting to elude an officer and second-degree misdemeanor resisting arrest in York County. His bail was set at $100,000.
In Adams County, he may face charges of third-degree felony fleeing or attempting to elude an officer, two counts of second-degree misdemeanor evading arrest or detention on foot, second-degree misdemeanor recklessly endangering another person, and several traffic infractions. His bond was set at $50,000.
He is scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing on April 24 in York County, and on April 26 in Adams County.
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