Suspect arrested after stolen school bus chase ends in Davidson County

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DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. – A man accused of leading authorities on a chase across several North Carolina counties in a stolen school bus has been arrested in Davidson County.

Steven Karambelas
Steven Karambelas

Steven Karambelas, 49, faces multiple charges including assault with a deadly weapon on an officer and alluding arrest.

In his first appearance Friday afternoon at the Davidson County Courthouse, the judge issued an $87,700 secured bond for Karambelas. His next court date is May 27.

The chase ended at the intersection of Highway 109 and Old 64 in Davidson County.

Authorities said the stolen bus was from Cannon School in Concord. The chase started in Cabarrus County.

Multiple agencies tried to stop the bus, but the bus never exceeded 40 mph. The bus eventually blew three of four tires and ran off the road.

Nobody was hurt. The suspect gave up peacefully when officer came to arrest him with guns drawn. He allegedly told officers that this was his "last hurrah."

The man who stole the bus had his license and was not under the influence of alcohol, according to authorities. He also faces two charges in Cabarrus County where the incident began.

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