LPD: StarTran driver holds down man who stole city vehicle, crashed it into bus
A Lincoln bus driver held down a man suspected of stealing a city-owned vehicle and crashing it into a StarTran bus.
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – A Lincoln bus driver held down a man suspected of stealing a city-owned vehicle and crashing it into a StarTran bus.
Lincoln police officers responded Wednesday afternoon to the area of 10th and N St. where a city worker reported they had parked the vehicle while working.
The worker turned away from the vehicle – which police say was unlocked and had the keys inside – for approximately three minutes before realizing it had been stolen.
A few minutes later, the vehicle ran a stop sign and collided with a StarTran bus, police said.
The driver, identified by police as 24-year-old Jacob Jones, attempted to run from the scene but was caught by the bus driver and a citizen who held him down for several minutes until officers arrived, police said.
Police say Jones was under the influence of alcohol. He was arrested for felony theft, DUI, reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident and other charges.
Police don’t think the driver, identified only as a 43-year-old man, was aware Jones had stolen the vehicle or that he wasn’t a city worker, but say he grabbed him because he tried to run from the scene.
No one was injured in the crash.