Teen Allegedly Steals Mini Tour Bus, Picks Up Passengers During Joyride

Authorities in Nashville say a teen stole a tour bus and took it for a joyride picking up passengers along the way.

Authorities in Nashville say a teen stole a tour bus and took it for a joyride picking up passengers along the way.

Earlier this week a disgruntled mining company employee allegedly stole and crashed his employer’s train. While that was obviously a very dangerous situation, the train was more or less confined to the actual railroad. Know what’s not contained to a single road? The Nashville tour bus allegedly commandeered and taken for a joyride by a 19-year-old.

WKRN-TV reports the teen allegedly broke into a local tour bus company’s parking lot, stole the minibus, tore down a fence on the property and drove around town picking up passengers.

According to an affidavit, the teen says he picked up several passengers and dropped them off at different locations around the city.

Authorities report that when the parked bus was located some two hours later, the teen was asleep behind the wheel. At that time he was allegedly in possession of a 40-ounce beer bottle, had slurred speech and could barely walk.

The teen told police he took the bus to get warm and that he had no other place to stay, the affidavit states.

The vice president of the transportation company that owns the minibus says the teen was able to drive away with the bus because the door was left unlocked with the keys inside. The company plans to review its safety protocol policy to prevent any similar incidents.

WKRN reports that the teen’s escapade caused several thousand dollars worth of damage to the company’s property.

Police say the teen remains in jail on charges of burglary, driving without a license, driving under the influence and vandalism.

Police: Man steals tour bus, goes on joyride [WKRN-TV]