A privately-owned bus led Ford County Sheriff's deputies on a 19-mile chase Thursday morning that ended with the driver's arrest in Kiowa County.

According to Ford County Sheriff Bill Carr, at approximately 5:38 a.m. Thursday, Ford County Communications received a call about a school bus driving erratically east bound on Highway 400 near Cargill Meat Solutions.

"Deputies located the bus which was privately-owned and not associated with any schools and attempted to stop it," Carr said. "The driver of the bus refused to stop and led deputies on a 19-mile pursuit which ended in Kiowa County.

"During the pursuit, a Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper unsuccessfully deployed spike strips in an attempt to disable the fleeing bus.

"A short time later, a second attempt was made by a Kiowa County Sheriff's Deputy.

"This attempt was successful and a few miles later, the bus came to a stop and the driver was taken into custody without further incident."

The driver, Victor A. Medina-Huitron, 36, was arrested and has been charged with with possession of opiate, opium, narcotic, fleeing or attempting to elude a law enforcement officer, reckless driving and driving with a license that is cancelled suspended or revoked.

Carr said that the case is still under investigation and has been submitted to the Ford County Attorney’s Office for review.

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