A Gatineau man is in custody after allegedly stealing a school bus, driving it onto a car and then threatening to blow himself up with a propane tank yesterday.

According Gatineau police Lt. Remi Major, the incident began around 2:30 a.m. as a hit-and-run in the Hull sector of Gatineau.

A witness reported that a school bus appeared to have intentionally hit a car parked in front of 79 Adélard-Beauchamp St., then drove away.

The investigation led police officers to the office of Autobus Outaouais Inc. at 545 Vernon St. in Aylmer, where they discovered someone had broken in and stolen a bus.
Six other buses were also damaged.

Major said it was likely the driver hit those buses on his way out of the lot.

At 11:19 a.m. yesterday, police were called back to Adélard-Beauchamp Street because someone had returned and allegedly driven the bus onto the car it had hit earlier and gotten stuck.

When police arrived, the driver barricaded himself inside the bus and threatened to blow himself up with a propane tank and a lighter, Major said.

Major said the alleged driver, a former employee at Autobus Outaouais, had recently separated from the woman who owned the vehicle.

Eventually, the suspect released the gas tank and the lighter, but then he held a knife to his own throat and threatened to kill himself.

Police used pepper spray to neutralize the man. He was taken into custody and charged with mischief, break-and-enter and hit-and-run.

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