North Georgia Man Apologizes For Bus Joyride

Reported by: Webb Wright
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Updated: 5/02/2013 6:48 pm
      "I made a stupid decision and I'm sorry that I did it."
      That decision started by stepping on a school bus parked at Battlefield Primary School.
      "This is a long walk, so I was going to go sit up in the bleachers at Lakeview High school I just happened to pass the bus and I saw that the doors were open, I noticed the keys were in the console and I was like alright I'm just going to turn the bus on you know use it for the heat. And then I got to thinkin' I can drive home," said Jonathan Cole Collins.
      And that started his joyride from Fort Oglethorpe to Chattanooga Valley Elementary near his home.
     "I was scared, I was driving a school bus and had never drove one before but I parked it and left it and the next two days that was all that was on my mind was that bus I left it there."
     Two days later the cops caught up with Collins.
     "Everyone had a good laugh out of it, but I still had to go to jail even though they got the bus back and I didn't damage it which I'm glad I didn't damage it they said the only reason it saved me was because I parked it at another school."
     Now out of jail, Collins says he apologizes for the incident.
     "With everything that's been happening at schools with shootings and stuff I felt like everybody was scared, and families were scared that I took a school bus. I don't want people to think that I'm a bad person just because I took a school bus. I don't consider myself a bad person, I just made a bad decision."
     And has a word of advice for anyone that might follow his path.
     "No more school buses and anybody that gets the opportunity to take a school bus, don't do it don't do it, especially in Catoosa County they will find you."
     Collins is currently on three years probation but says he is now living with his grandmother, has a new job, and has started attending church on a regular basis hoping to turn his life around.

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