BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - A 15-year-old boy charged with escaping police custody then stealing a MAX transit bus has been charged in Jefferson County Family Court.
The boy, whose name WBRC is not releasing because he's a juvenile, is charged with three counts of attempted murder and one count of theft of property.
The teen's mother confirmed that information on Monday afternoon.
The charges stem from a situation that started early Sunday morning when police say that teen escaped from police custody and stole a MAX transit bus as a getaway vehicle.
Officers say he eventually ditched the bus after hitting two patrol cars.
Around 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon, the teen's mother turned him over to police custody.
"I don't know what he was thinking; what he was feeling. He did take a minor incident and escalated it where several citizens, officers, and himself were placed in danger," said Birmingham Police Lieutenant Pete Williston.
He says officers are still trying to determine exactly how the boy stole the bus.
Monday morning, Max Interim Director Chris Ruffin released a statement to WBRC:
Monday afternoon, MAX released a second statement that says:
Officials with Jefferson County Juvenile Detention released a statement saying they believe there is hope for the teen. It reads: