- Associated Press - Saturday, May 2, 2015

BLAINE, Wash. (AP) - Authorities say a woman stole an empty school bus in Stanwood, Washington, and drove it more than 50 miles north to Blaine before crashing it into a patrol car, then trying to swim away from police in the Blaine harbor.

The Snohomish County sheriff’s office says the small yellow bus was stolen from the Stanwood-Camano Island School District bus barn Friday afternoon.

The Bellingham Herald reports (https://is.gd/qzdNP9 ) that shortly before 4 p.m., police received reports that the bus was northbound on Interstate 5. Blaine Police Chief Mike Haslip says officers spotted it, only to have the driver ram a Blaine patrol car and head for Marine Drive. There she crashed the bus into a barrier, jumped out and ran into the water.

Police captured her as she swam off. After being checked by medics, the chief said she was to be arrested for investigation of felony eluding and assault on an officer for the ramming incident.

Police say the woman is not a district bus driver.

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

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