Charter bus driver leads Austin police on chase, prompts SWAT

SWAT incident involving a charter bus on Thurgood Avenue. (Courtesy: Andres Rodriguez)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A bus driver’s attempt to get a meal at a drive-thru restaurant turned into a short chase in Southeast Austin on Monday afternoon. According to Austin police, the incident started just before 4 p.m. at a Taco Bell in the 1900 block of Airport Boulevard. Police say the driver of a charter bus was trying to go through the drive-thru but ended up hitting the building and a dumpster.

Instead of staying, the bus driver left the scene, and when officers caught up with the driver, he led the officers on a short chase that ended on U.S. Highway 183 near Thurgood Avenue. After the bus stopped, police say the two people on the bus — a man and a woman — refused to come out. Around 5 p.m., the woman climbed out through a window, and authorities detained her.

A SWAT team arrived on the scene about 5:30 p.m. to convince the man to surrender. The situation ended peacefully about an hour later. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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