SAN FRANCISCO -- A San Francisco man stole a reserve AC Transit bus and drove it roughly 100 miles before he was caught and arrested Friday afternoon, an agency spokesman said.

Justin Moss, 29, took the Alameda-Contra Costa Transit bus from the temporary Transbay Terminal in San Francisco, located at Main and Howard streets, around 9:20 a.m., AC Transit spokesman Clarence Johnson said.

The bus, which was not in service and is meant to be used only as a backup in case one of the in-service buses breaks down, was tracked by the California Highway Patrol via a GPS system onboard.

The bus traveled "many, many miles," Johnson said, before officers deployed strips that flattened three of the bus tires on Highway 120 near Oakdale, a city east of Manteca, around 11:30 a.m.

The bus was subsequently towed back to the terminal, where its tires will be repaired. No other damage to the vehicle was reported.

California Highway Patrol Sgt. Jason Bartlett said Moss was charged with stealing a vehicle, driving without a license and felony evasion, among other charges. He was arrested and booked into San Joaquin County Jail, where he is being held. He did not give a motive, Bartlett said.

Moss has an outstanding $20,000 warrant from the San Francisco Sheriff's Department for also stealing a vehicle.

Moss appears to have had knowledge of AC Transit buses and how to operate them, Johnson said.


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