A Georgia man and woman took a school bus on ‘joy ride’ before crashing it

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Paulding Deputies and Troopers with the Georgia State Patrol arrested a local man and woman for stealing a Paulding County school bus and taking it on a “Joy Ride.”

In the early morning hours of Tuesday March 22 at about 3:49 a.m., Paulding police were contacted by a resident regarding a Paulding County school bus that had crashed into a fence in their yard.

According to the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office, the driver, who was later identified as 21-year-old Cody Green, and his passenger, 21-year-old Haley Turner were reportedly intoxicated and subsequently restrained by neighbors until deputies could arrive.

Sheriff’s officials say due to the level of impairment that Turner exhibited, she was rushed to the hospital for evaluation and not initially charged in the incident due to a possible overdose.

After the bus video was reviewed by the sheriff’s office, they determined that both Green and Turner drove the bus. When Turner was released from the hospital later in day on March 22 she was subsequently arrested by Deputies without incident.

According to the sheriff’s office, Green and Turner entered school property on foot and used the bus to open the gate at Moses Middle School so they could exit the parking lot. Once they got the gate open they began their “joy ride.” During the course of their ride, officials say they actually pushed their own vehicle, which had been parked just off school property, up the road with the bumper of the school bus. After taking turns behind the wheel, Green eventually crashed the bus into the fence of a residence on Birch River Point in Dallas.

A Georgia man and woman took a school bus on 'joy ride' before crashing it

The investigation into this incident was conducted by both the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office and the Georgia State Patrol. Green and Turner were charged with the following offenses:

Green was charged with:

  • Theft by Taking (Felony)
  • Criminal Interference with Government Property (Felony)
  • VGCSA (Heroin)
  • DUI While Driving a Commercial Motor Vehicle
  • Driving a Commercial Motor Vehicle Without CDL
  • Failure to Maintain Lane
  • Hit and Run (2 counts)
  • Driving Without a Valid License
  • Driving in Violation of License Restrictions

Turner was charged with:

  • Criminal Interference with Government Property (Felony)
  • Loitering and Prowling

Both Green and turner are being held in the Paulding County Jail without bond where more charges may be pending. Deputies want to encourage anyone who may have seen this incident occur, or if anyone has any additional information, please call the Criminal Investigations Tip Line at (770) 443-3047 or submit a tip via the Paulding Sheriff mobile app.

Reminder: Crime articles contain only charges and information from police reports and law enforcement statements. Suspects and defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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