A Lancaster man was arrested early Thursday after leading officers on a chase in a stolen school bus, police said.
East Lampeter Township police said 19-year-old Ryan Brock stole the bus from the Conestoga Valley School District's fenced lot at around 3 a.m.
Brock had fled the scene of an earlier crash at the intersection of Newport and Creekhill roads in Leola, where a Toyota Highlander he was driving struck a retaining wall, police said.
Officers were searching the area when they heard the bus start. Brock rammed through a locked gate and sped toward the initial crash site, forcing officers and others to get off the road to avoid getting hit, police said.
Police said they pursued the bus onto Route 23 eastbound, where Brock lost control and crashed into a tree just feet from a home at the intersection with Hertzog Drive in Upper Leacock Township.
"First I heard the screeching, then I heard the sirens, then I heard the bang." said Jeremy Smith, a resident of the home. "I looked out my window right there and I saw headlights. I ran upstairs and woke my parents up. My mom said, 'there's a bus in the front yard.' "
Brock tried to flee from the rear of the bus, but was cut off by pursing officers. He ignored the commands of officers and a Taser was used to take him into custody, according to police, who said Brock was armed with a kitchen steak knife.
Brock was transported to Lancaster General Hospital for treatment of minor injuries he received in the crash. No one else was injured.
Brock is also accused of stealing the Toyota and another vehicle.
Police said that when they contacted Steffy's Towing of Leola to remove the Toyota, the operator arrived at the business to find it had been forcibly entered and a client's vehicle - the Highlander - had been stolen.
A Dodge Caravan found at the garage had been stolen Wednesday night from a Lancaster auto dealer, police said.
Lancaster police said Brock initially stole a bicycle from an address on N. Mary Street and rode it to Lancaster Mitsubishi where he broke into the building, stole the Caravan and rammed it through the bay door.
He has been charged with two counts of burglary, four counts of theft by unlawful taking, three counts of aggravated assault on a police officer, three counts of aggravated assault, and one count each of attempted theft, fleeing and eluding, recklessly endangerment, trespassing, driving under suspension, and traffic violations.
City police said he was also charged for stealing a school bus from a company in Delaware and driving it to Lancaster last month.
The bus was recovered by police in a parking lot in the 300 block of W. James Street on September 3, and police said a surveillance camera recorded Brock entering and starting the vehicle.
For that crime, he was charged with theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property.
Police said the investigation is ongoing and additional charges could be filed.