- Associated Press - Friday, June 26, 2015

BLAINE, Wash. (AP) - An Everett woman will spend a year in prison for stealing an empty school bus in Stanwood and driving it north to Blaine before crashing it into a patrol car, then trying to swim away from police in the Blaine harbor.

The Bellingham Herald reports (http://is.gd/egX8vX ) that Elizabeth Jane Ray was sentenced Thursday.

She was originally charged with second-degree assault on a police officer, two other felonies and misdemeanor hit and run. She pleaded guilty to reduced charges of third-degree assault, possession of a stolen vehicle and attempting to elude police.

Prosecutors say Ray stole a Stanwood-Camano Island School District bus May 1 and drove away. When officers spotted it, Ray rammed a Blaine patrol car and headed away. She crashed the bus, jumped out and ran into the water.

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Information from: The Bellingham Herald, http://www.bellinghamherald.com

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