Update: Man arrested after stolen vehicle hits Joplin School bus
Police witness a school bus crash involving a stolen vehicle
JOPLIN, Mo. – Police arrest a man who they say stole a vehicle and crashed with a Joplin School bus. No one was injured in the crash.
On Jan. 29, around 6:20 a.m., Joplin Police responded to a report of a stolen van in the 300 block of north Joplin Ave. The victim told officers she was tracking her stolen vehicle with GPS and guided officers to the location the vehicle was traveling.
Authorities found the vehicle near Coyote Drive and tried to stop it. The vehicle fled, but officers did not pursue. Shortly after the vehicle fled, it hit a Joplin R-8 school bus traveling on Coyote Drive.
Two children and a bus driver were the only ones on the bus. Police say there were no reported injuries.
The driver of the stolen van ran from the scene as officers got there. Police later found and arrested the suspect, identified as Donny Cook, 25, of Joplin. Cook is on unsupervised probation from a 2018 drug conviction.
Police are requesting charges of Tampering 1st degree, Endangering the welfare of a child 2nd degree, Leaving scene of a motor vehicle accident, and Resisting arrest.
If you have any information about this, or any other case, call the Joplin Police Department at 417-623-3131.