A sheriff’s deputy is credited with using his patrol car to prevent an auto theft suspect from crashing head-on into a school bus.
Wednesday afternoon, a Wise County deputy spotted a vehicle believed to be stolen on Birchfield Road in Wise. A deputy tried to stop the vehicle but the driver fled, passing a school bus and driving through a yard.
The sheriff’s office says when the suspect turned onto Stevens Street, the deputy noticed a school bus coming toward them. The deputy then used his patrol car to push the suspect’s vehicle off the road to avoid it colliding head-on with the bus.
The driver still tried to flee, hitting a house before coming to a stop. He then took off on foot but was arrested by UVA-Wise police.
Authorities identified the suspect as Brendon Austin Caige Hill.
WCSO says Hill told deputies he had smoked a lot of methamphetamine that day. Deputies found a gun, meth, smoking device, and pills inside the car.
Hill is facing charges of driving under the influence, fleeing law enforcement, possession of a concealed weapon, reckless endangerment, obstructing justice, failure to drive right of highway, failure to maintain control, and resisting arrest. He is being held at the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail without bond.