DALLAS — A police pursuit ended Thursday afternoon when the suspects’ vehicle crashed into a school bus in northeast Dallas.
The chase began at a Fairfield Inn and Suites on the 4000 block of Towne Crossing Boulevard in Mesquite around 2:15 p.m., police said. A Mesquite police spokesperson said Thursday night the suspects were wanted for credit card fraud at the hotel.
The suspects, who have not been identified, crashed into a Dallas ISD school bus near the intersection of Skillman Street and Abrams Road in Dallas around 3:15 p.m.
“I was scared and I jumped out of my seat,” said fourth grader Pauvan Mung.
Two male suspects were apprehended at the scene and a female suspect was arrested later at the hotel.
There were approximately 60 children on the school bus, according to the company that operates the school district’s buses. No injuries were reported.
“We were turning left, and then the car was at maximum speed,” said fifth grader Kimberly Arreola. She says a red car hit the back left corner of the bus.
The school bus came from Hotchkiss Elementary. A different bus was sent to pick up the children and complete the route.
“We didn’t know what was happening, so the bus driver stopped and went outside and it was, like, an accident,” Mung said.
Many say it is amazing no children were hurt, but plenty were shaken and upset as they waited for their nervous parents to come pick them up. The story behind this crash was no source of comfort.
Mesquite police say staff at the Fairfield Inn at I-30 and 635 called Thursday after 2 p.m. about a group of people using a stolen credit card. When officers arrived, two suspects drove off in a red car, starting the chase that lead them to northwest Dallas. That pair was arrested after the crash, and a third suspect was handcuffed back at the hotel hours later.
By then, at the scene, the crash had been cleared and the kids had calmed down.
“I think it’s okay,” Mung said. “We are safe.”
But it’ll likely be a restless night for many of their parents, left wondering if this chase that risked their kids lives was worth it.
News 8 has filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the Mesquite Police Department for a copy of their policy on police chases.
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