JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) - A police chase began with a man hijacking a Jacksonville school bus, "911?" "Hi, yes, I'm at the bus stop and this guy just came up to me with a knife."
"Public service to the Bus Depot, they said the man that just came across the radio and advised explicitly that he was messed up in the head."
Police said that man is 22-year-old Nicholas Miller.
Karlena Lipari explains to dispatch, "He left and he got on the school bus with the knife with the bus driver." Lipari is a frantic mother who was waiting at a bus stop when the hijacking happened. She and the children waiting at the bus stop saw it all unfold, right before their eyes.
"I'm so scared right now," she says.
The dispatcher responds, "It's okay, just calm down, okay?"
Miller led police on a chase for nearly 10 miles. Several drivers call 911 to report suspicious activity.
"I mean he's all over the road. He's swerving everywhere," one caller explains.
Dispatch continues, "He has a folding type knife she advised."
An officer says, "We're at highway 5, looks like we're making a left."
Eventually police are able to deploy spike strips as Miller approaches an intersection where police are waiting.
The officer continues, "It looks like (inaudible) just deployed them at this intersection we're coming up on. Be prepared to move up."
As police move in, you can see the 15 students and the bus driver run off the bus.Police rapidly motioning for the passengers to come toward them. As those 16 people run for their lives, Miller is taken into custody.