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School Bus Hijacked: Kids Safe, Suspect Held After Arkansas Chase

Image: School Bus Hijacked: Kids Safe, Suspect Held After Arkansas Chase Nicholas John Miller, at right, and school bus.

Friday, 18 Oct 2013 06:30 AM

By Morgan Chilson

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A man armed with a knife hijacked an Arkansas school bus carrying 11 children Thursday but police ended the tense situation and no one was injured.

Police chased the school bus about 10 miles before stopping the bus and taking Nicholas John Miller, 22, into custody, CNN reported.

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The suspect apparently approached a woman in Jacksonville, Ark., and asked for a car. The woman didn’t have one and she called police to report that a school bus stopped nearby and the man got on the bus and took the driver’s seat, CNN said.

The incident occurred in the morning, and CNN said parents were notified. Miller was charged with vehicle piracy, 12 counts of kidnapping, and two counts of felony aggravated assault.

Local television station THV11, which posted amateur video of the chase, reported that the bus and following police cars hit high speeds and police laid down road spikes. The bus stopped before hitting the spike strip.

“Fortunately, on this situation, once the vehicle was stopped he was able to be taken into custody without any other incidents,” said Capt. Kenny Boyd in a taped interview with THV11.

The THV11 reporter spoke with Miller’s aunt, who told him that Miller had just split up with his wife. The station also reported that Miller just got out of jail Oct. 4 and has a history with the department with at least six reports filed on him.

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