Green Country school bus stolen, leads law enforcement on chase

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Reported by: Price McKeon
Updated: 2/21 8:48 pm Published: 2/21 3:44 pm

MIDWAY, Okla. - A Green Country school bus is back at Midway Public Schools after Muskogee sheriff deputies said thieves led them on a chase.

Muskogee sheriff deputies told FOX23 a school bus driver started the bus early Friday morning to warm it up, and while she went inside, two thieves took off in it.

Muskogee County deputy Roger Posey was one of the deputies trying to stop the stolen school bus Friday morning.

“The school bus was going approximately 70 mph,” he said.

He told FOX23 that law enforcement from Muskogee, McIntosh and Okmulgee counties and Creek Nation law enforcement were trying to stop the thieves in the stolen bus.

“The school bus driver started the bus this morning to warm it up for the students, went back inside and when she came back outside to get in the bus she saw it driving down the highway,” said Posey.

Deputies arrested one juvenile and Leopoldo Lopez after about a 30-minute chase.

Muskogee County authorities went through Council Hill, entered McIntosh County and then they got on 266 heading west.

Then into Okmulgee County, where deputies said the two suspects ditched the bus, but not before ripping out the radio.

“Not really sure. They could’ve thought maybe we could’ve tracked them by their radio and that’s why they ripped it out or they could have tripped over it,” said Posey.

The Midway school superintendent, but he didn’t want to go on camera.

He did tell FOX23 the bus was back before school started.

“Another Muskogee County deputy caught the juvenile and I caught the adult subject hiding in a shed behind a house they fled to,” said Posey.

Both suspects were booked into the Muskogee County jail Friday.

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