A suspect with an extensive criminal history stole a bus from a major airport and took it on a long drive across New York City this week, according to reports.
The incident unfolded just before 2 a.m. on Wednesday at John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens.
A suspect later identified as 43-year-old Burshawn Quildon saw an empty American Airlines bus idling in an airport parking lot, jumped behind the wheel, and sped off, authorities say.
An airport employee reportedly spotted the vehicle on the Grand Central Parkway and began following it while calling police.
“It’s unclear if Quildon knew he had been spotted — but he continued driving into Manhattan and weaved his way along the FDR Drive before crossing over the Brooklyn Bridge,” the New York Post reports, citing authorities.
“Police did not chase Quildon during his joyride, but they were in place to safely pull him over just over the bridge, at Cadman Plaza West, cops said.”
The journey reportedly went on for more than 15 miles, but no one was injured.
Quildon was arrested and charged with grand larceny of an auto and criminal possession of stolen property.
He was previously “known to the department” and was on probation at the time of his apprehension.
The episode comes amid a series of unsettling events that have taken place at U.S. airports lately.
Earlier this month, a passenger bus crashed into a tug moving an American Airlines plane on the tarmac at Los Angeles International Airport.
Four people were hospitalized following the “low-speed collision” and another was treated at the scene.
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