Stop Stick News: Top 10 News Stories 05/07/24 – High Speed Chases, Theft, Fraud, and More

May 7, 2024

By: Zach Madden

Category: Stop Stick News

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  • Nashville Police said a 14-year-old boy stole a school bus and escaped onto the I-40 interstate.
  • Police also said that he tried to run someone over at a service station before hitting the highway.
  • Officers managed to run up to the bus, broke the glass door, and tased the boy, the police said.

A 14-year-old boy stole a school bus, hit a car, tried to run over someone, and then led officers on a chase on Tennessee’s Interstate 40, according to the Nashville police.

The teen stole the school bus from the Kipp College Prep school in Nashville’s Antioch neighborhood on Saturday afternoon, per a news release by the Metro Nashville Police Department seen by the Associated Press.



2. Police nab more than 30 alleged driving offenders including five teens in one night – Australia

More than 30 people, including a group of five children, came to police attention in one night during a police crackdown on dangerous driving and alleged car theft in Melbourne’s south-west.
Just after midnight on Thursday, a stolen car allegedly failed to stop for police in Hoppers Crossing, Wyndham.
The Air Wing tracked the car to Laverton before police successfully deployed stop sticks on Old Geelong Road.
Five children aged between 15 and 17 were arrested and charged with the theft of a motor vehicle, theft from a motor vehicle and handling stolen goods.
A further 26 people were caught up with during the Wednesday night operation.

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North Richland Hills police are looking for two more suspects after arresting a juvenile Tuesday who they say was involved in a chase in a stolen vehicle, according to a news release.

One civilian not involved in the chase was injured when an officer’s patrol car hit their vehicle, police said.

At around 2:15 p.m. Tuesday, the pursuit began when officers tried to stop a vehicle that was reported stolen in the 7900 block of Boulevard 26, but the driver did not yield, police said.

The vehicle fled, merged onto Loop 820 westbound and exited on U.S. 377, according to police.

Haltom City police officers deployed stop sticks and disabled the vehicle’s tires.




4. Man steals ambulance in Santa Rosa, leads police on chase with medic trapped inside – California

Santa Rosa officers arrested a man who allegedly stole an ambulance after he asked for a ride to go a hospital, police said Thursday.  At 7:53 p.m. Wednesday, officers learned that there was a person in an altered state at the Russian River Brewing Company at 725 Fourth St.
They found 36-year-old Sonoma resident Jorge Sanchez Rodriguez, who told the officers that he was having an anxiety attack and asked to go to a local hospital.  Police said officers offered to drive Rodriguez but he declined and wanted to be transported by ambulance.
A Sonoma County Fire District ambulance arrived and evaluated Rodriguez so he could be taken to a hospital.
While an ambulance member was talking with Rodriguez, he allegedly started to walk away. He then suddenly ran to the driver’s side of the ambulance and got
into the driver’s seat, according to police.
He drove the ambulance west on Fourth Street with an ambulance crew member trapped in the rear of the ambulance.
Officers chased Rodriguez, who drove south onto D Street and then east onto Sonoma Avenue. He continued on Sonoma Avenue before turning north on Farmers Lane. Police said that as the ambulance approached Fourth Street, an officer was able to deploy a set of spike strips.



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6. Saskatoon judge sentences man for ‘worst dangerous driving’ he’s ever seen – Arizona

Using three stolen vehicles to evade police, Michael James Horsefall sped up to 180 km/hr on grid roads and highways north of Saskatoon — often in the wrong lane — before driving through a golf course, a dog park and a steep embankment along the city’s north end riverbank.

The hour-long pursuit was captured by the police air support unit on Nov. 9, 2023.

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It ended around 9:50 a.m. in the Silverwood Heights neighbourhood when Horsefall, who almost hit three women walking in the park adjacent to the riverbank, got stuck in bushes as he drove toward the river, according to the facts read out in court.

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7. Sheriff’s office: Three arrested following Columbus Co. chase that reached speeds of 135 mph – North Carolina

COLUMBUS COUNTY, N.C. (WECT) – Three people were arrested following a Columbus County chase that reached 135 mph, according to the Tabor City Police Department.

Per a TCPD report, on Friday, April 26, an officer was dispatched to assist the Chadbourn Police Department with a chase involving a stolen Nissan Altima that was headed towards Tabor City.

At the intersection of Ol Coleman Road and N.C. 210 the TCPD officer successfully deployed stop sticks in front of the car, which was reportedly driving in the wrong direction.

“… upon making it back to my vehicle I was advised over the radio that the vehicle had crashed,” the officer writes in the report.

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9. Two Illinois men arrested after police chase stolen car into Wisconsin – Illinois

PLEASANT PRAIRIE, Wis. (CBS) — Two men from Illinois are in custody after a wild chase Monday in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin.


Video from a police dashboard camera shows the chase. Officers used stop sticks twice to deflate the tires on the car, which was stolen in Lake County, Illinois.

But that did not put an end to the chase. It took additional squad cars to slow the driver down.


He eventually hit a squad car, lost control, and crashed into a tree, police say.

Officers arrested the driver and a passenger who was wanted on a separate warrant. Both were taken into custody and face several charges.

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10. Three county chase began in Oak City – North Carolina

An armed carjacking that began in Oak City last Saturday evening ended abruptly after a high speed chase through Bertie and Hertford counties.

Suspects Devonte Jamal Cofield and Lamajae Ki’tory Norfleet were arrested after the carjacked vehicle suffered spike strip damage in Hertford County, ending the chase that reached speeds of over 100 miles per hour.

Bertie County Sheriff Tyrone Williams said that at 7:45 p.m. on Saturday April, 26, Sgt. Harris Williams and Deputy Demurio Pillmon were patrolling the Lewiston Woodville area when they noticed a vehicle matching the description of a vehicle reported carjacked in Martin County.

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