Authorities said a teen they described as mentally challenged teen stole a SEPTA bus from a terminal just before noon, and drove roughly three blocks before officers caught up with him.
Police say the youth told them he stole the bus because he wanted to learn how to drive.
Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said the lights and sirens of the police cruisers scared the young suspect and he pulled into a nearby municipal parking lot.
The bus crashed through a row of parked cars before slamming into a light pole.
No serious injuries were reported, according to CBS affiliate KYW.
SEPTA stands for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority.