Woman crashes stolen Mount Vernon school bus into 2 cars, cops say

Mount Vernon police at the the scene on

Mount Vernon police at the the scene on South Fourth Avenue where a Brooklyn woman allegedly stole and then crashed a Mount Vernon school bus. (Feb. 1, 2013) (Credit: John Goff)

An apparently intoxicated Brooklyn woman stole a Mount Vernon school bus from a repair shop and took it for a joy ride Friday before crashing into two cars, police said.

No students were on the bus.

The woman's identity was unclear, officials said. She was first identified as Jada Lopez, 27. But police then found identification on her bearing the name Anna Fuentes, 22, officials said.


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She was taken into custody by Mount Vernon police after she was found semiconscious following the crash.

"It's crazy," said Blanche Norman, whose sedan was struck by the bus on South Fourth Avenue near Sandford Boulevard and sustained "a lot" of damage. "I'm glad that nobody was inside. It could have been a lot worse."

Charges are pending, Mayor Ernie Davis' office said.

The Atlantic Express Bus Company yellow school bus was stolen at about 11:30 a.m. from the National Gear and Piston vehicular repair shop at 225 South 4th Ave.

A Mount Vernon police officer spotted the bus at noon driving erratically down South 4th Avenue toward Sandford Boulevard where it hit two parked cars.

The suspect was "semiconscious and highly intoxicated" when the officer entered the bus, the mayor's office said. The woman was taken into custody and then transported to Mount Vernon Hospital because she was complaining of chest and back pains. She is listed in stable condition but is drifting in and out of consciousness, the mayor's office said.

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