ANTIOCH, Tenn. (WKRN) — Two teenagers were arrested after they led police officers on a high-speed chase through a school zone, striking at least one school bus and driving into oncoming traffic in Antioch Wednesday afternoon.
The Metro Nashville Police Department said officers responded to the 4400 block of Dali Court on Wednesday, April 26 after receiving reports of a stolen vehicle.
Police said they used a helicopter to follow the stolen 2019 Hyundai Sonata. Officers attempted to stop the stolen car using blue lights, sirens and spike strips, according to an arrest warrant.
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The motorist continued to flee, powering through a school zone and clipping a school bus in the 2000 block of Hobson Pike, according to authorities.
A representative for Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) told News 2 the bus, which was transporting students from John F. Kennedy Middle School, was rear-ended by the car.
One student from the school bus was taken to the hospital for a precautionary medical evaluation, but there were no serious injuries, according to MNPS. In addition, the bus was not significantly damaged.
As the pursuit continued, authorities said the driver fled from police at a high rate of speed, ran multiple stop signs and drove directly into oncoming traffic.
The chase ended on Ransom Place, where the driver and the passenger — both teenagers — ran from the stolen vehicle, according to officials.
Metro police reported the teens were taken into custody behind one of their homes.
The driver was identified by police as 18-year-old Omar Diouf, who is facing charges for vehicle theft, theft, evading arrest, reckless driving, leaving the scene of a crash and driving on a suspended license. He is being held on a $65,000 bond.
Diouf told officers he ran and didn’t stop for authorities in the vehicle and on foot because he was scared and had never been to adult jail before, according to the arrest warrant.
Diouf added he bought the car from someone he knew on Instagram for $500 and said he had paid for the vehicle with CashApp.
Meanwhile, Metro police said the 18-year-old passenger was only charged with joyriding and evading arrest. He has since been released on $5,000 bond.
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According to officials, the Hyundai Sonata used in the chase had been stolen on Friday, April 14 from a Village Hills Drive parking lot, where it had reportedly been left unlocked with the key fob inside and a dead battery.
Authorities said their investigation also led to the recovery of a 2018 Kia Optima, which was reported stolen from a Hobson Pike apartment complex parking lot on Sunday, April 23.