Nicholas Miller (Photo: Jacksonville Police Dept.)
JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) - Jacksonville Police Department released a disposition report from the school bus hijacking incident that happened Thursday morning.
The Jacksonville Police Dept. report in its entirety, with witness names retracted, states:
"On 10/17/2013, I responded to the area of 1010 N. First, Stonewall Apartments, regarding a man with a knife getting on a school bus and making threats. Dispatch advised the bus left with the male, later identified as Nicholas John Miller, still on the bus. Dispatch then advised that the bus was last seen in the area of station 3 on North First. An officer observed the bus at the 3700 block of N. First traveling northbound. I observed bus number 1-3-92 traveling northbound and initiated blue lights.
The bus did not stop. The siren was also activated. Miller failed to stop the bus. We continued north on Old 67. I observed the bus strike a guard rail support on Old 67 and continue North on Old 67 running the stop sign at John Harden. The bus continued north on John Harden. Vehicle speeds stayed around 40 mph. We approached highway 5 in Cabot at which time the bus ran the red light turning left, northbound onto highway 5.
The bus continued around 40 mph north on highway 5 running the red light at the intersection with 89, continuing north on highway 5. Cabot deployed spike strips at Mountain Springs Road. I observed the bus slow down and veer off the roadway at Mountain Springs Road coming to a stop before getting to the spike strips. The bus driver, along with 11 children, was able to exit the bus while Miller was taken into custody. The knife used by Miller was on the dash of the bus.
Miller stated there were people after him, and the only way to get away was to hijack the bus. Miller stated he had no plans to hurt any of the children or the bus driver; he just needed to take the bus to save his life. Miller was read his Miranda Rights and Implied Consent. He consented to his blood being drawn. Miller refused to take a breath test or to let a Drug Recognition Officer interview him at which time he was also charged with refusal.
(A witness) was at 1010 North First at the time Miller got on the bus and she reported that prior to Miller taking the bus, he approached her and asked for her car. She stated that she didn't have one. She then saw four children about to get on the school bus so she stopped them. She stated, at that time, Miller got on the bus and the bus left.
When Miller got on the bus, he displayed a knife to the bus driver and made her drive from the scene. He then later made her exit the driver seat and he took over driving."
The report states that Miller was charged with the following: one count of vehicle piracy, 12 counts of kidnapping, two counts of aggravated assault, one count of fleeing, one count of DWI-Drugs, one count of refusal, and one count of reckless driving.
MORE: Details of Miller's previous arrests (http://on.kthv.com/1gnUlhP)
READ: Original story of bus hijacking (http://on.kthv.com/1euKHFO)