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Pursuit Suspect Found Hiding On Empty School Bus

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Posted at 6:35 AM, Mar 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-18 14:19:51-04

Two suspects have been taken into custody following a police pursuit across two counties. One of the suspects, a fugitive wanted out-of-state, was found hiding on an empty school bus.  

Officials with the Tennessee Highway Patrol said the incident began in Montgomery County after Clarksville Police officers started pursuing a vehicle that was involved in a shooting.

Clarksville authorities said they began chasing the car after receiving a shots fired call on Timber Court. 

From there, the chase continued into Robertson County, where spike strips were deployed. The vehicle eventually came to a stop in Cross Plains.

A suspect, identified as 23-year-old Tionna Thomas, of Clarksville, was taken into custody at the scene. 

The second suspect, identified as 26-year-old Elijah Hughes, ran along Highway 25 to East Robertson High School.

He was found hiding in an open school bus. No children were on board at the time. 

Authorities said he has an outstanding warrant in Mississippi for escape and a convicted felon being in possession of a firearm.   

He was apparently placed into a halfway house as a condition of his parole. Officials said a warrant was issued for his arrest after he left and did not return.  

It’s not known at this time exactly what charges they would be facing in Middle Tennessee.